Album review
Wanna Be Loved
Glen Washington
VP Records-Walboomers Music
October 24 - 2004

Tracking list

  1. Viper
  2. This Life
  3. Wanna Be Loved
  4. Feel So Right
  5. Roller Coaster Ride
  6. Best Friends
  7. Bring It On Home
  8. I See
  9. On & On
  10. Turn Me On
  11. Breath Of Life
  12. Mighty God
  13. Ginger Bay
  14. So Right
  15. If You Need Me
  16. Tighten Up
  17. Will Love Grow
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The musical career of Glenroy Washington, singer, songwriter and drummer, personifies the cliché; ”The race is not for the swift, but for those who can endure.” The triumph of Glen Washington’s endurance has been 25 years in the making. Like most successful artists, Washington evolved from humble beginnings. Born in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica he is currently one of the most in demand artist in reggae music. This has come after many years of recording and waiting in the wings. In 1997, he released his debut album "Brother To Brother" for Coxsone Dodd's "Studio One" imprint and, to date, has released some 13 albums and countless singles. Known for smooth lyrics and solid baritone delivery, Glen has thrilled listeners with hits like Get Close To You, Kindness For Weakness and others. A solid stage performer, Glen has built a following in the core reggae community through constant touring in the Caribbean and South Eastern United States. "Wanna Be Loved" is the follow up to 'The Right Road' and sees Glen inna fine style, delivering top notch (lovers) songs with his smooth, raspy, bass voice that has often been likened to that of Beres Hammond. The album is produced by Michelle and Lloyd Campbell for Joe Fraser Productions. Included here is his current single called Roller Coaster Ride on the "Peanut Vendor" riddim, maybe better known as Gregory Isaacs' "Top Ten" riddim. On & On is a truly fine song that rides the "Bongo Nyah" riddim. Two refurnished Bob Marley riddims here : first there is the "Waiting In Vain" riddim, here entitled This Life and the "Small Axe" riddim (wrongly credited to Lee Perry!) on Turn Me On. But there are more tunes that instantly catch the ear such as the solid album opener Viper and the tune Best Friends, to name but a few.
Top of the bill album from Glen Washington !

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