Album review
Two Roads
Triston Palma
Easy Star Records-Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Nah Give Up
  2. Mama
  3. Two Roads
  4. Never Be Ungrateful
  5. Revolution
  6. Old Time Teaching
  7. World Peace featuring Glen Ricks
  8. The Struggle featuring Norris Man
  9. Only Love featuring Heather Cummings
  10. Hatred In The Youths
  11. Get Up
  12. Ragga Salsa featuring Mary Ochoa
  13. Show Some Love
  14. When I Call On Jah
  15. Nah Switch
  16. My Heart Cries Out
  17. Real Loving
  18. Blind Devotion
  19. Two Roads Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Whether it is a re-issue or a brand new delivery, the release of a Triston Palma album always causes an undefinable kind of excitement. Guess the main reason can be found in the fact that Triston Palma belongs to our selective list of favourite reggae singers since he brought us roots dancehall gems like "Entertainment", "Joker Smoker", "Runaround Woman" and "Spliff Tail" in the early eighties. Furthermore he is one of those scarce vocalists who has never limited himself to one style, which makes that he's able to bring different flavors to his musical deliveries. All his albums so far have showcased that he's equally at home with lovers rock, roots & culture and dancehall music. Last but not least Triston Palma is also an artist who hardly fails to deliver a good album, as once again is confirmed by his new album, "Two Roads", the follow-up to the late 1997 released "Born Naked" set.
As already pointed out Triston Palma always displays a wide range of styles on his albums and "Two Roads" is no exception. The listener is treated to some enjoyable roots reggae on songs like "Mama", "Revolution" and "Hatred In The Youths", is invited to put on the dancing shoes while playing an entertaining piece of latin music entitled "Ragga Salsa" and can share some romantic moments with fine lovers tunes like "Only Love" and "Real Loving". Also the roots dancehall side is featured with tunes like the title track "Two Roads" - delivered over Easy Star's fresh "Thai Stick" riddim - and the combination with Norris Man entitled "The Struggle".
Backed by such great musicians as Sly & Robbie, Errol "Flabba" Holt, Chris Meredith, Style Scott and Dean Fraser, to name but a few, Triston Palma has delivered a satisfying and delightful new set. Best efforts include "Nah Give Up", "Mama", "Revolution", "Hatred In The Youths", "My Heart Cries Out" and the combination tunes "World Peace" and "The Struggle".
Triston Palma's "Two Roads" album is well worth checking especially when one is looking for a sweet-voiced versatile singer, who mainly delivers well crafted tunes with a cultural vibe.

Teacher & Mr. T.