Album review
Reggae Max
George Nooks
Jet Star
March 27 - 2005

Tracking list

  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  2. God Is Standing By
  3. Flower
  4. No Power On Earth
  5. God Is Always There
  6. Guide Me
  7. Running Around
  8. How Great Thou Art
  9. Perfect World
  10. Come On Over
  11. Swept Away
  12. Crying At Night
  13. Live Up
  14. Got To Understand
  15. I Don't Wanna Lose You
  16. True Friend
  17. Never Giving In
  18. Hero
  19. Just Out Of Reach
  20. Next Time
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3

Another installment in Jet Star's handy budget-priced "Reggae Max" series featuring twenty tunes performed by former deejay Prince Mohammed, who has forged a hugely successful second career as the singer with the Dennis Brown flavour specializing in ballads and adapted hymns. This decent compilation set consists of inspirational songs, the ones turned toward God, and worldly pieces that mostly deal with matters of the heart. Album opener "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - a cover of the Simon & Garfunkel pop hit - topped reggae charts worldwide at the end of Spring 2004. George Nooks' powerful and mellifluous voice handles this song with ease, even adds some soulfulness, but for obvious reasons - mushy and way too familiar - we prefer to skip this track. Also the next track, "God Is Standing By", is a cover version that enjoyed considerable chart success. However this one doesn't urge us to give it the skip treatment as it is definitely one of Nooks' finest moments. The latter also include "God Is Always There" and the excellent "Guide Me" across the "Rock Away" riddim, as well as wonderful lovers tunes such as "Flower", "Swept Away", "Crying At Night", "I Don't Wanna Lose You" and "Next Time". Also worth of hearing are conscious tunes like "Live Up", the King Jammy produced "Perfect World" and "True Friend", which is voiced over a remake of Junior Byles' "Curly Locks" riddim.
This is an entertaining album with good variety in riddims, tempos, and arrangements. In all, a worthwhile collection of tunes from an artist who is truly a singer for all reggae seasons.

Teacher & Mr. T.