Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Tell It Like It Is
Stevie Face
Boot Camp
CD
April 27, 2010

Stevie Face - Tell It Like It Is Track list
  1. In The Living Years
  2. Coming Home
  3. I Wanna Wake Up With You
  4. If I Was Home Tonite feat. MBC
  5. Love In Time feat. Teflon
  6. Naw Leggo Jah
  7. Proverbs 6
  8. All She Needs
  9. Tell It Like It Is
  10. I Worry Over You
  11. Since I Met You Baby
  12. Rose In Your Eyes
  13. Rest Your Love On Me
  14. Can't Go On
  15. Every Minute, Every Day
  16. Altar Of Jah feat. Noddy Virtue
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Fans of the Lovers Rock genre and artists such as Sanchez, Lloyd Brown and Peter Spence to name three, are urged to check out Stevie Face. The latter, whose real name is Anwar Hanchard, grew up in Yallas, Jamaica, which is located in St. Thomas Parish on Jamaica's eastern shore. While still in high school he scored his first hit in the late '90s with a song called "Teach The Children" which in 2001 was followed by "I'm In Love", a single that stayed in the Jamaican Top 10 for more than sixteen weeks. The follow up of this chart buster was a fitting remake of the standard Oh Happy Day, which was less successful. In the same year Brooklyn based ERC Records released Stevie Face's debut album "Coming At You". At that time things were looking bright for the mellifluous singer, but after suffering serious injuries in a car accident along with the death of his former manager, his singing career was on the back burner for quite a while.

It was under the watchful guidance of top flight producer and musician Paul "Computer Paul" Henton of Boot Camp Records that Stevie Face started reviving his musical career. His first single "Tell It Like It Is", an appealing cover of Aaron Neville's 1960s hit, went to number one on several reggae charts both in Jamaica and abroad and put him back in the spotlight. It was quickly followed up with another Computer Paul produced chart topper titled "I Wanna Wake Up With You", actually a smooth adaptation of the Boris Gardiner classic. Both hit singles are featured on Stevie Face's sophomore album "Tell It Like It Is", a beautiful collection of songs that surely will touch the heart of those who are looking for dulcet melodies.

Stevie Face and Computer Paul really know to pick the right tunes to cover. Good examples, of course, are Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is" and Boris Gardiner's "I Wanna Wake Up With You", but also Mike & The Mechanics' "In The Living Years", Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr's 1976 mid-chart hit "Love In Time" (also covered by Dennis Brown), Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Met You Baby", and Conway Twitty's Country & Western song "Rest Your Love On Me". These songs fully showcase Stevie Face's consummate crooning and so do the Bobby Digital produced standout "Coming Home", the excellent "All She Needs", the wonderful "Roses In Your Eyes", the solid "Can't Go On", and the strong "Every Minute, Every Day", which comes across a relick of The Heptones' "We're In The Mood" riddim.

Besides solo tracks this set also features three combinations. The best effort is "If I Was Home Tonite" with stablemates MBC aka Make Boyz Cry, surely one of the standouts on the album. Also the combination with Teflon, "Love In Time", works very well and is worth hearing. The spiritual chant "Altar Of Jah" with Noddy Virtue is one of three tracks featured here that don't deal with love and romance. The others are the awesome "Naw Leggo Jah" and the equally strong "Proverbs 6" across the "Sweet" riddim, which was produced by Kemar "Flava' McGregor. These efforts show that Stevie Face is also at home with cultural pieces.

All in all this album can be regarded as a great comeback from a crooner who shows he's ready to secure himself a place in the premier league of Lovers Rock.