I Believe
M Records
June 14, 2005

Track list
  1. Selassie Interlude
  2. We Need Love
  3. What The Hell
  4. You're An Angel
  5. Mama Don't Cry
  6. Got To Be Smart
  7. I Mean Every Word
  8. Sweet And Pretty feat. Prince Javed
  9. High Grade
  10. I Believe
  11. Taking Over
  12. Nah Stop Bun
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Just a month after his Xterminator/VP Records album "Songs Of Solomon" and on the heels of his big Jamaican Number 1 hit "Notorious" (unfortunately not on any Turbulence album available yet) we have the delight of having another new album by singjay Turbulence - real name Sheldon Campbell -, released surprisingly on Twilight Circus Dub Sound System's Canadian born now in the Netherlands based Ryan Moore's M-Records. Of course M-Records has lately 'switched' from being a label known solely for its dub releases to being home to some great vocal outings by veteran Jamaican artists over Twilight Circus Dub Sound System riddims, like the fabulous "Foundation Rockers" and the just released albums "World In Trouble" by Ranking Joe and "African Roots" by Michael Rose, but to see a Turbulence album on M-Records certainly had me flabbergasted. Recorded and mixed in Kingston, Jamaica by former Xterminator-production crew members Steven Stanley and Paul Daley, featuring top Jamaican musicians Sly & Robbie, the Firehouse Crew, Dean Fraser, Lenky and other stalwarts, this is yet another prove that Turbulence has definitely grown out of Sizzla's shadow. After the short prayer intro "Selassie Interlude" it's full force ahead on the great "We Need Love" to build a better nation before going into even higher gear for the furious "What The Hell" are we to do. Then the pace slows down for the fine lovers ballad "You're An Angel" and the more sung than singjayed "Mama Don't Cry" followed by a riddim with intriguing strings for the message "Got To Be Smart" and yet another beautiful lovers tune "I Mean Every Word" over a dubby revamped riddim. "Sweet And Pretty" is a beautiful combination with newcomer Prince Javed over the seminal 1969 Studio One Cornell Campbell & The Eternals 'Queen Of The Minstrels'-riddim before a more hardcore dancehall, yet experimental beat is backing the fine ganja-tune "High Grade". "I Believe" we could live as one is an upful tune over a riddim loosely based on Lester Sterling & Sound Dimension's 'African Beat' followed by another more experimental percussion and penetrating synth-riff driven riddim for "Taking Over". This very fine set is closed in fine style by the call for Rastas to ensure that their fire "Nah Stop Bun".