Album review
The Story Unfolds
VP Records-Walboomers Music
2CD / 2LP
29 - 06 - 2002

Tracking list

Disc 1.

  1. No White God (a.k.a. True God)
  2. Explain To The Almighty
  3. I Wonder
  4. Love Is Always There
  5. No Other Like Jah
  6. Praise Ye Jah
  7. Do You Ever ?
  8. Like Mountain
  9. Dem Ah Wonder
  10. Kings Of The Earth
  11. Holding Firm
  12. Mek Dem Secure
  13. Dem A Gaze
  14. One Away
  15. Give Dem Ah Ride
Disc 2.

  1. Words Of Devine (a.k.a. Love Is Divine)
  2. Juvenile
  3. Dem Ah Try Ah Thing
  4. King In The Jungle featuring Jah Cure
  5. Black Woman & Child
  6. Brutality For Love
  7. Clean Up Your Heart
  8. Babylon Ah Listen
  9. Good Ways
  10. Azanido
  11. Jah Blessing featuring Luciano
  12. Show Us The Way
  13. Blaze Fire Blaze
  14. Taking Over
  15. To The Point
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

With some fifteen albums and numerous singles to his credit since he made his notable entrance in reggae dancehall business in 1995, it's truly an almost impossible task to approach an artist like Sizzla for the first time. However, those who'll have to do so may be grateful that VP Records have released this compilation set. "The Story Unfolds" - subtitled "The Best Of" - is a seriously excellent special collection featuring thirty of Sizzla's best recordings for a variety of producers including Dean Fraser & Cedrica "Soljie" Hamilton, Bobby "Digital" Dixon, Hugh "Beres" Hammond, Firehouse Crew, Barry O'Hare, Richard "Bello" Bell, Stuart Brown, Winston Riley, Colin Levy, Christopher "CJ" James, and, of course, the producer who started it all, Phillip "Fatis" Burrell. The ever controversial Sizzla has become one of the hottest names in reggae music internationally due to the fact that he's one of those rare talents that is simply compelling. You can't help but listen and take note as one can fully experience while playing his tunes gathered on these two discs. Eleven tracks are produced by Xterminator producer Phillip "Fatis" Burrell and includes killer tunes such as "No White God (a.k.a. True God)" over Bob Marley's "One Drop" riddim, "I Wonder", "Praise Ye Jah", Dem Ah Wonder, "Kings Of The Earth", "Dem Ah Try Ah Thing", "Babylon Ah Listen" and "Jah Blessing", the wicked combination tune with Luciano. Furthermore one can enjoy the incredible Firehouse Crew production "Like Mountain", a roots classic that was released on a Greensleeves' 12 inch in the summer of 1997. "Explain To Almighty" - over a souped up version of the "Darker Shade" riddim and the hard-to-find sound system classic "Love Is Always There", delivered across the "Tight Clothes" riddim, are both produced by Dean Fraser & Soljie, while the awesome single with Jah Cure, "Kings In This Jungle", benefits from Beres Hammond's outstanding "Harmony House" production camp. Other strong efforts are "Holding Firm" from Star Trail, "Brutality For Love" from African Star, "Clean Up Your Heart" from X-rated Records, "Juvenile" and "Show Us The Way" from Kings Of Kings and "Azanido" from Techniques, all previously released as 7" singles. The Christopher "CJ" James produced "Blaze Fire Blaze" and "To The Point" represent Sizzla's hardcore dancehall outings, a style he started to utilize more and more in order the reach a broader audience. Last but not least one is also treated to a brace of Bobby Digital productions including "One Away", "Mek Dem Secure", "Give Dem Ah Ride", "Good Ways" and the immaculate "Black Woman & Child".

Teacher & Mr. T.