Album review
Dennis Brown

Tracking list

  1. Love Keep Us Together
  2. Make It Easy
  3. Tribulation
  4. Go On Now Girl
  5. I Don't Know Why
  6. Rougher Yet
  7. Stop Your Fighting
  8. Border Line
  9. Count Your Blessings
  10. Are You Ready
  11. In The Mood For Love
  12. This Love Of Mine
  13. Watch This Sound (For What It's Worth)
  14. Summer Time Again
  15. You Lied
  16. Heart Breaking Girl
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Reggae elder statesman and undisputed crownprince of reggae Dennis 'Emmanuel' Brown is known and loved all over the world as one of Jamaica's finest singers. Throughout his three decades spanning career - he started in music business at the tender age of 12 and has delivered about 65 albums, compilation sets included - he has always continued to win new fans and please old ones with his music. So, it's no wonder Dennis Brown has been called one of the most dependable performers in reggae. In fact, the late great Bob Marley referred to him as his favorite singer, which is quite a compliment.
Tribulation is a varied, skilfully produced and sophisticated album - credits go to veteran producer/arranger Alvin Ranglin - that unmistakably showcases the unique talent and skills of an artist who has always been equally at home with lovers and message tunes, both included on this album. His vocal deliveries are underpinned by full sounding "live" riddims (originals as well as do-overs) laid by some of Jamaica's finest musicians like Errol "Flabba" Holt, Keith Sterling, Tony "Asher" Brissett, Bopee, Sticky, Mikey Chung, David Madden and Dean Fraser.
Besides cover versions like Slim Smith's Rougher Yet and Buffalo Springfield's sixties flower power pop anthem Stop That Sound (For What It's Worth) this album includes reworkings of his own tunes (e.g. Tribulation and This Love Of Mine) as well as fresh written material. Some of the standout tracks are Border Line, Count Your Blessings, Make It Easy and Love Keep Us Together.

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