Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Romain Virgo
Romain Virgo
VP Records
CD
June 14, 2010

Romain Virgo Track list
  1. Mi Caan Sleep
  2. Who Feels It Knows It feat. Etana
  3. Love Doctor
  4. Taking You Home
  5. As The Money Done
  6. Should I Call Her
  7. Wanna Go Home (Rain Is Falling)
  8. Walking Out On You
  9. Dark Skin Girl
  10. Live Mi Life
  11. Customer Care
  12. No Money
  13. Murderer
  14. Be Careful
  15. I'm Doing Good feat. Cameal Davis)
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Romain Virgo, born on January 24, 1990, grew up in the small Stepney District in the parish of St. Ann, about a mile  from  Bob  Marley's  Nine Mile birthplace. He was raised in a Christian household, was the lead singer for his church choir and by his mid-teens became the leader of the Aabuthnott high school choir as well. In 2007 at age 17 he made history becoming the youngest person to win Jamaica's annual Digicel Rising Stars competition. He's still doing a five-year bachelor's degree in performance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, studying for a major in voice and minor in keyboard. Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Alton Ellis and Sanchez, and also several soul legends are stated to be his greatest influences.

Now his career definitely seems to be on the rise with the release of his more than excellent self-titled debut album. On this album he teamed up with great producers like Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, Dawin and Omar Brown of Vikings Productions, Shane C. Brown of Juke Boxx Productions and Dayan 'Pete' Foster of Pete Music. Romain Virgo provides his smooth vocals and heartfelt lyrics and positive messages across tight backdrops laid down by Jamaica's top musicians. 

The album opens with his single Mi Caan Sleep on the 'Feel Good' riddim, which has topped the Jamaican charts and rightfully gained him attention outside Jamaica as well. Another big tune, Love Doctor, on Penthouse Records' 'Automatic' riddim also got loads of airplay. Dawin 'King Vikings' Brown a.k.a. Bubba of Vikings Production together with Dyan 'Pete' Foster of Pete's Music produced Romain Virgo's single Wanna Go Home, a true scorcher across the 'Love Is The Answer' riddim, a relick of Delano Stewart's 1968 for Sonia Pottinger's Gay Feet label recorded "Dance With Me" a.k.a. "Rock With Me".

The album is filled with quality songs such as Who Feels  It Knows It, which features reggae songstress Etana. It uses the 'Serve And Protect' riddim named after Queen Ifrica's tune of the same name. The song is a homage to all hard working people that are struggling to feed their families and take care of their responsibilities in life. Love Mi Life sees Romain bubbling across the revamped 'Boops' riddim (courtesy of Shane C. Brown of Juke Boxx Productions), as he sings the obstacles of life. Retro style once more on Customer Care, which happens to be a dancehall flavoured tune across the '2010 Duck' riddim, built and made famous by Steely and Clevie. A must hear tune!

Be Careful is a conscious nyabhinghi anthem and teaches us about the hard life in the cities and ghettos and warns the youths to make the right choices. Romain Virgo had to say the following about this awesome tune: "Although I wrote the song so long ago, it's something that is applicable to so many people despite the year. As time passes, some people's realities remain the same because of where they live and they think they have no way out, but through my music I want to encourage people to stay on the right path and reach for more because success is possible".

Walking Out On You is thematically referring to David Ruffin's 1975 soul smasher 'Walk Away From Love', and uses the refrain as well. The result is a passionate reggae/soul classic. No Money is the young singer's story about his financial troubles when he scored several hit singles and people kept asking him for cash. Then there's the issue of domestic abuse in Taking You Home -- a tune across Donovan Germain's latest riddim called 'Big Stage' -- as he comforts a woman who's running away from a violent relationship. Cameal Davis, the 2008 Digicell Rising Star and a great talent as well, joins Romain Virgo on the closing track Doing Good, a perfect ballad to round off this excellent album. 

Best album of 2010? Time will tell, but it's obvious that Romain Virgo is a unique and precious talent, blessed with a soulful vocal delivery, capable of writing meaningful and catchy songs, addressing the distressed youths of today. So do check out this debut set of one of the most promising young singers around!!