The Trinity
Sean Paul
VP Records-Atlantic
September 22, 2005

Track list
  1. Fire Links Intro
  2. Head In The Zone
  3. We Be Burnin'
  4. Send It On
  5. Ever Blazin'
  6. Eye Deh A Mi Knee
  7. Give It Up To Me
  8. Yardie Bone feat. Wayne Marshall
  9. Never Gonna Be The Same
  10. I'll Take You There
  11. Temperature
  12. Breakout
  13. Head To Toe
  14. Connection feat. Nina Sky
  15. Straight Up
  16. All On Me feat. Tami Chin
  17. Change The Game feat. Looga Man & Kid Kurrupt
  18. The Trinity
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
"The Trinity" is the third album of dancehall ruling and popcharts topping Kingston, Jamaica born Sean Paul about which Sean Paul Henriques own views can be read in this article. Following his amazing debut album "Stage One" and the million-selling "Dutty Rock" he's back: with an excellent hardcore dancehall album. Mainly dominated by riddims known to the dancehall massive, now trying again to push over the mainstream audiences. Introduced by former Bodyguard selecter Dane 'Fire Links' Johnson in "Fire Links Intro" in true dancehall style over a Graig 'Leftside' Parks as the next "Dutty Rock" Sean Paul's immediately recognizable delivery rides a riddim by Delano Thomas' Renaissance Crew for the party tune "Head In The Zone" with Jazzy T taking care of the MC's shouts firing everyone up to dance the "Willie Bounce". Then his "We'll Be Burnin'", the current single climbing the pop charts over the Renaissance Crew's hot 'Stepz'-riddim actually a great remake of his tune over Steven 'Lenky' Marsden's 'Bubble Up', is carrying the swing, before the plea to his/a woman to "Send It On" right away over a Steven 'Lenky' Marsden riddim, that sounds like a remix of 'Bubble Up' and "Ever Blazin'" over Lenky's great 'Masterpiece', a tune that is still impressive even more than 3 years after its release as a 45. Then Jamaica's currently hottest producer Donovon 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. 'Don Corleon' takes over for "Eye Deh A Mi Knee" over his 'Jonkanoo', yet another example of how Sean Paul though having become a popstar is able to deliver one of the best tunes over almost every current hardcore dancehall riddim he voices. Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett is also providing the riddims 'Tighty Tighty' for "Give It Up To Mi", the infectious groove for "Yardie Bone", a wicked slack combination with Wayne Marshall and "Never Gonna Be The Same", Sean Paul's moving tribute to amongst others founding Dutty Cup Crew member Gabra Mantaskeddus Lambert a.k.a. Daddigon, who was shot Thursday January 27, 2005 over 'Vendetta''s second one drop riddim, after his immensely popular 'Drop Leaf', the equally strong 'Seasons'. The next track "I'll Take You There" is produced by Craig 'Leftside' Parks, swinging the mood back to girls tunes, followed by Rohan 'Snowcone' Fuller fast & booming 'Applause' for "Temperature" and Patrick 'Roach' Samuels & Omari Stines 'Siren!' riddim that is surely gonna create some hype on the dancefloors for "Breakout". "Head To Toe" is yet another excellent Sean Paul tune over a great (in my opinion underrated) Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett riddim 'Trifecta'. Producer Marlon 'Pyrana' Cooke of the Dejavu label, who produced the 'Asthma' and 'Trample' in 2000 and 2001, and last year's 'Fifth Avenue', is responsible for the more R&B-ish vibe of the combination "Connection" with Nina Sky over what seems an updated version of 'Fifth Avenue'. "Straight Up" is a boom tune over Black Chiney's excellent 'Kopa'-riddim and Sean Paul's brother Coppershot's Jason 'Jigzagula' Henriques then takes over production duties for the great combination "All On Me" with sexy - and great singing I hurry to add - Tami Chin, and "Change The Game with fellow Dutty Cup Crew member Kid Kurrupt & Looga Man boasting
Cause we be keepin it live
And we don't be talking that jive
Dutty blazin it overdrive, we nah back slide
Cause we ever deh pon di campaign
Non stop wi riding this train
Platinum plaques and all the fame ... We Change The Game

before this album is closed with the anti-haters tune "The Trinity" to round off an excellent set of dancehall tunes. The biggest plus is that Sean Paul's talent has not been wasted on a whole heap of crossover tunes, but a straight hardcore dancehall and reggae album is certainly keeping him in front with his grassroots fans, and hopefully for him and Atlantic will once again also make great waves in the mainstream market. Must have for serious dancehall fans who don't have the 45s and one riddims albums yet, and still recommended for those who have because of the tunes (yet) exclusive to this album.

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