Various artists album review
Bust Out
Brickwall - Walboomers Music
12 - 01 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Anthony B - Good Cop
  2. Capleton - Caan Tan Ya
  3. Sugar Roy - Dance Nice Again
  4. Jah Mason - Dem Love Me
  5. Steve Machete - Comfort Seat (aka No Comfort Stool)
  6. Admiral Tibett - Couldn't Believe It
  7. Michael Fabulous & Power Man - One Way
  8. Capleton - Run The Place
  9. Yami Bolo - Almighty One
  10. Luciano - Blast Off Go A Moon
  11. Elijah - War
  12. Steve Machete - Hurry Home
  13. Michael Fabulous - Hit The Chart
  14. Tony Lowe - Line Steppa
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Brickwall's dancehall compilation "Bust Out" features two riddims with a strong vintage dancehall feel. The first seven tracks are delivered over the Leroy Moore aka Sugar Roy produced "Wanga riddim", laid by Danny Axe Man and Donald Dennis and recorded at Digital B Studio and Anchor Studio. This bouncing riddim track proves a good vehicle for Anthony B's "Good Cop", actually a great effort well worth hearing. The "Fireman" Capleton delivers the next piece, but unfortunately his "Caan Tan Ya" fails to make a serious impression. The same goes for Sugar Roy. This new deejay brings a nice self-produced tune, but it lacks a certain feel and power to keep you involved till the very end. However, things are getting better with Jah Mason's "Dem Love Me" and Steve Machete's "Comfort Seat". Both artists deliver notable efforts and show good potential. Reggae veteran Admiral Tibbett comes up with a decent effort and also Michael Fabulous & Power Man's combination tune is one to check more than once.
Next drops the awesome "Run The Place" riddim, an updated version of the venerable "Mr. Bassie" riddim. Again seven pieces, including five which were released on single some two years ago, then on Clive Kennedy's "Kennedy International" label. All featured artists have voiced the riddim to great effect and deliver just the kind of tunes one wants to hear over and over again. Each piece has its own merits, but especially Capleton, Yami Bolo, Luciano and Steve Machete deliver solid to excellent efforts. Tony Lowe attracts attention with "Line Steppa". The newcomers' vocal style and lyrics bring back to mind Barrington Levy's eighties dancehall hit across the same riddim, "Teach The Youth".
Although the "Wanga" riddim features some very enjoyable tracks, it's especially the "Run The Place" riddim that delivers the deadly goods. So, do check it out!!

Teacher & Mr. T.