Album review
Wayne Stoddart
Platinum Records
19 - 11 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Committed
  2. His Love
  3. Bountiful Love
  4. He's Everything To Me
  5. Final Day
  6. Spending Time With God
  7. Save My Soul
  8. Paradise
  9. Spirit Of The Lord
  10. Thank You For The Valley
  11. Pilot Of My Life
  12. Homesick
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Wayne Stoddart is "a radical Jamaican reggae gospel artist who is sending the message in the language and music of the Jamaican people". Born in Kingston he migrated to the country where he went to live with his father. In 1990 he returned to Kingston where he settled down in Mountain View. He now worships at the Mountain View New Testament Church Of God where he is the musical director for all choirs. He formed the gospel group Dunamis from the local members of the church and produced their album 'Fulfillment'.
His debut album is a collection of some 12 songs which can best be described as deep and powerful music with a strong message, the theme is Christ, the story is victory, and the message of the music is life and life more abundantly. For most reggae fans, especially those who like the roots side of reggae, there's still plenty to enjoy. He managed to create an album with enough variation in style, because the album takes on a roots reggae twist that is blended with a mixture of hip-hop, R&B and the traditional gospel feel.
The title track - our favourite tune - is a song with enough potential to make it in the reggae charts worldwide. The ballad His Love features vocalist Tamara Jones and is a real uplifting tune. Bountiful Love is an outstanding tune, with mellow dancehall influences. Saxophonist Dean Fraser delivers an exceptional effort on He's Everything To Me and the Armegedon song Final Day is a strong and compelling tune. Next come the R&B song Spending Time With God, a nice duet featuring Chevelle Franklin. After the ballad Paradise comes another highlight of the album -Spirit Of The Lord. Thank You For The Valley is pleasant sounding ska flavoured tune and the album closes with Homesick, a tune with some nice C&W influences.
The album features work from the following musician and singers : Sly Dunbar, Chevelle Franklin, Dean Fraser, Cassandra McDonald, Tamara Brooks, Benjy Myaz, Alexander Martin-Blanken, Delroy Thomas, Paul Castic, Fitzroy Bennett, Dalton Brownie, Delroy Lalor, Paul Limie-Murray, Devon Richardson and others. With the reggae-gospel album 'Committed' Wayne Stoddart delivers an above avarage cd.

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