Wheat And Tears
Jah Mason
December 4, 2006

Jah Mason - Wheat And Tears Track list
  1. Wheat And Tears
  2. Couple Chalice A Day
  3. This Morning
  4. No Time
  5. Now You Say
  6. Farmer Man
  7. Only See Me Crying
  8. Kings Of Kings
  9. Most High
  10. No One Cares
  11. Live & Love
  12. See Them Running
  13. Mi Chalwa
  14. Let Me Live My Life
  15. My Life
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
In the past five years Jah Mason, affectionately known as 'Fire' Mason, has developed a small loyal following in Europe via reggae festival appearances and consistent musical output. This humble Bobo Ashanti Rastaman, known for his association with Capleton's David House and the Flames family of Tony Rebel, was mainly known for the notable combination tune with Jah Cure entitled "Run Come Love Me Tonight", until his career was propelled in high gear due to his huge 2005 hit "My Princess Gone" and the album of the same name that was released in May of this year.

The bulk of the material included on Jah Mason's brand new album, "Wheat And Tears", is produced by In The Streetz' Byron Murray, who has been firmly focused on dancehall but earlier this year made a serious impression with his first attempt at a one drop riddim, the "Street Swing". The latter underpins the very melodic and fine strong title track "Wheat And Tears", which opens this truly worthy successor of "Princess Gone ~ The Saga Bed". Next up is one of two songs about the good herbs featured on this set. "Couple Chalice A Day" is the Katrina "DJ Sunshine" Irons produced recent hit tune on Yellow Moon's great "Fyah" riddim, while the uptempo "Mi Chalwa" comes across Hi-Score's "Roots Tonic" riddim.

That Jah Mason is capable of balancing a "fire brand" deejay style with a strong, melodic singing voice in real good fashion can be heard on the beautiful "This Morning" and the outstanding "No Time" on Reggae Fever's H.I.M. riddim. "Now You Say" is a nice sung lovers song that carries a very melodic mood. The awesome "Farmer Man" across the Firehouse Crew's bouncing "Free Up a.k.a. Sick" riddim drops real hard. It has a strong 'Old Skool' dancehall feel and thus perfectly fits in the current trend in dancehall music towards utilizing retro riddims. Other highlights found on this very entertaining collection of tunes are the wonderful "Kings Of Kings", the catchy "See Them Running" across the "Bangarang" riddim, "Let Me Live My Life" and the reflective "My Life".

Without doubt this album will bring Jah Mason a step further in his attempt to take his place amongst Jamaica's top roots reggae artists.