Time Will Tell
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Born Gregory Colin Bailey in the twin-Island of Antigua and Barbuda, Causion knew from an early age that he wanted to be a professional singer/songwriter/musician - and reggae was the way. He didn't have to search far for support and inspiration to achieve this goal as he grew up in a family, where many members are established musicians. Causion first enjoyed success in 1988 with a combination tune entitled "African Girl". During the first half of the nineties he released several 7" singles, which were well received both in the US and the Caribbean. He teamed up with the Kingston JA based engineer/producer Syl Gordon of both "Cylton" Records and "321 Strong" for whom he recorded the single "Intimidation", which was released in the spring of 1997. This tune - the opener of this album - came to our attention later that year and got a "four out of five star" review in which we stated the following "... a nice conscious cut on an upbeat, contemporary and full-sounding original riddim. An appealing record that immediately grabs you and makes you wanna dance." The self-penned tracks on Causion's debut album, "Time Will Tell", showcase a songwriter whose lyrics are charged with intense emotions and deep social consciousness. Consider him a musical archer - his powerful lyrics are straightforward and on point. Furthermore Causion is a fine singer with an appealing, soulful voice who proves equally at home with message tunes and lovers songs.|
"Time Will Tell" contains the previously released singles "Breaking Up", a decent cover of the Alton Ellis classic featuring Miss Linda, his entertaining 1996 cover of Groove Theory's "Tell Me", and the already mentioned "Intimidation". Among the remaining tracks one finds standout efforts like "Merciful Father", the wicked combination with Sizzla, "Put Your Trust In Jah", the title track "Time Will Tell", "Jah Is The Ruler", "Careless Husband" (utilizing Ernest Wilson's "I Know Myself" riddim) and "My Way Back To You", delivered over a wicked rendition of the "Declaration Of Rights" riddim". Causion's vocal and lyrical delivery, the well laid original and revitalized riddims and the many great tunes make "Time Will Tell" a truly enjoyable and solid album!