Album review
Unite The People
Colin Levy aka Iley Dread
Kings Of Kings
December 15, 2003

Tracking list

  1. Intro: Fanfare (Instrumental)
  2. This World
  3. Music Unites The People
  4. One Race
  5. You Are My Honey
  6. Lovers Converse feat. Heather Cummings
  7. This Is Your Song
  8. One Chance feat. Marcia Griffiths
  9. Trying Man - feat. U Roy
  10. Reward From Jah
  11. I Won't Rest / Clean Up - feat. Chrisinti & Norris Man
  12. Let Love Shine - feat. Warrior King
  13. If I Had The World - feat. Rochelle
  14. Don't Cry (Told My Baby)
  15. Get Closer - feat. Nikki Burt
  16. Ride With The Rebel - feat. Andrew Ranxx
  17. What Difference - feat. Anthony B
  18. Prayer Medley - feat. Capleton, Sizzla & Heritage Family
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Colin Levy aka Iley Dread began his humble beginnings in Hanover, Jamaica, and later migrated to Canada where he began his professional musical career under the tutelage of producer Bevin Jackson. In recent years Colin has produced for Morgan Heritage, Bushman, Everton Blender, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, the late Dennis Brown and a host of other reggae artists. In 2001 Colin focused his talents on his own album project and released his first album "A Friend For Life", which spurned popular hits such as "Rise Up This Morning", "World Crisis" and "Mamma". This album featured appearances from Glen Washington, Lady Saw, Luciano, Louie Culture, Richie Spice, Mikey General, Sizzla, Capleton, Chrisinti and Norris Man. Since then he has established himself as a fine songwriter and singer. Now here's his latest album entitled "Unite The People". This cd not only features guest appearances of well known and lesser known Jamaican artists, but also on the production side of things it has big names such as Clive Hunt, Barry O'Hare, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Bobby Digital who have lent their expertise.
With "Unite The People" Iley Dread delivers a well varied album with a very sophisticated sound. Here you'll find an entertaining mixture of conscious Reggae music and Lovers Rock delivered across well arranged fresh riddims fused with Ska, Rocksteady and some modern roots grooves. On top of it there's the soulful vocal delivery of Iley Dread which particularly comes to full expression in love songs like e.g. "You Are My Honey", "This Your Song" and the mellifluous "Don't Cry (Told My Baby)". It's obvious that these kind of songs fit his vocal style best. When he has to handle hard driving roots riddims he benefits from the combination style which can be experienced while listening to tracks such as the solid "I Won't Rest/Clean Up" and the excellent . One of the highlights on this set is the awesome "Trying Man" which features Dancehall pioneer U Roy who proves that he's still in good shape. "Trying Man" is autobiographical of Iley Dreadís musical journey and it indirectly pays tribute to his successors who have paved the way to make this album project possible. Also truly worth of hearing is "Reward From Jah", the combination with Marcia Griffiths, "One Chance" and the rendition of Dennis Brown's "If I Had The World".
As bonus we're treated to a DVD with four videoclips, interview, biography, discography and behind the scenes of the Kings Of Kings Family Tour.

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