August 26, 2012
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Earlier this year Donsome Records put out a catchy compilation of well-produced modern reggae music called "Reggae Grass Roots Vol. 1", which is now followed by a 13 track juggling set for the lilting "Amore" riddim. With such a name it's obvious that the riddim is the perfect backdrop for songs that deal with lovers themes and that's exactly what the 12 vocal cuts included on this entertaining set are all about.
Produced by Adrian Hanson and Peter 'Shady' Harrison, this follow-up to previously issued one drop reggae projects such as "Life Journey", "Hard Rock", "Crime Stop" and the "Mr. Brown" riddim, has been voiced by a group of artists consisting of established acts and up-and-coming talented vocalists. To start with the latter; it's former Digicel Rising Stars winner Shuga whose "Greatest Love" makes a decent impression and so do SK's "Keep You Warm" and "Karma" by Dominican reggae singer Colton T. However when it comes to picking the newcomers' best cuts, it's obvious that Aima Moses from Dominica ("Love Choice") and also Erasto ("Playa") deserve to get the credits.
The remaining artists, all of them having at least one #1 hit under their belt, enhance the quality of this release further. Their contributions don't differ that much in terms of quality and appeal, but nevertheless it are especially Ginjah's "Gimme Your Love", Nature's "Woman Of My Dreams", Khago's outstanding "Second Place" and the matching "Simple Girl" by Canada based Tony Anthony that dominate the riddim. However don't overlook Sizzla's "Love Connection" and Donsome Records' new signing Lady Lex with "Just To Be With You" either as these songs are also worth hearing more than once.
This collection contains several songs with hit potential, so don't be surprised when you see one (or more) of them enter the reggae charts in the near future.