Album review
The Doctor
Beenie Man
VP/Walboomers Music
30 - 07 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Gospel Time
  2. Let Him Go
  3. The Doctor
  4. Better Learn
  5. Pride & Joy (featuring Jon B.)
  6. Bad Man Nuh Flee (featuring Mr. Vegas)
  7. Bookshelf
  8. One More Time
  9. World Gone Mad
  10. Kingston Hot
  11. Tell Me
  12. Battery Dolly
  13. Some Gal
  14. Protect Me
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Deejay Beenie Man, nicknamed 'His Royal Highness of Dancehall', still is the undisputed King of the Dancehall. From the early 90s on he has occupied the top position of the reggae dancehall class and one of the reason's he's so popular is that his style has evolved over the years. On his 1997 album Many Moods Of Moses he displays his versatility using several styles, ranging from from Nashville stylee, to hardcore dancehall and sweet R&B.
His current set The Doctor is more or less a compilation set that is compiled by Patrick Roberts of the renown Shocking Vibes crew. And it's an excellent set, featuring his best tunes of the last months. Here you'll find all the in demand riddims of the moment, such as Steely & Clevie's immensely popular 'Street Sweeper" riddim on Battery Dolly and the 'Bookshelf' riddim that was build by producer/one-man-band/engineer Tony "CD" Kelly for his K-Licious Music imprint. Beenie Man's cut to the riddim has you moving immediately with its highly infectious synth phrase.
The ‘Unda Wata’ riddim was the follow up to ‘Bookshelf’ riddim. The riddim with it’s tuff bassline really sounds like it was recorded underwater and Beenie Man’s tune ‘Kingston hot’ is about the turbulence in Jamaica’s capitol started after the signing of the peacetreaty between the downtown gangs and the arrest of Zeeks.
Furthermore he delivers a juggling version of Main Street's 'Splash' riddim that was also used by Mr. Vegas on his # 1 tune 'Heads High'. Also featured here is the computer driven 'Taranchyla' riddim, produced by Shane Richards for Shines Productions and mixed at Studio 2000 by Steely & Clevie. The riddim is fast-paced and hectic, which allows Beenie Man to deliver an exciting performance. One of the latest Shocking Vibes' riddims, 'Bada Bada' is also present here : Better Learn. The cd contains two combination tracks, Pride And Joy alongside Jon B. and on the Richie Stephens' produced Bad Man Nuh Flee he teams up with the unstoppable Mr. Vegas.
All avid dancehall fans..don't miss this one !

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