Various artists album review
November 23, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 3/4|
After a long silence from the Jammy's camp, they're back in business with the 'Chicatita'-riddim featured on this "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #63 ~ Chicatita". Lloyd 'John John' James Jr. produced this riddim that was built by his brother Jam II and Paul 'Teetimus' Edmund, the only one from the Jammy's stable who enjoyed exposure in the meantime collaborating with Ward 21's Andre 'Suku' Gray and Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett on the latter's 'Trifecta'-riddim. 'Chicatita' has got the same infectious drive as the last week reviewed 'Stepz'-riddim and is a likely candidate to be spun back to back with it. Opening the album is the combination of Sizzla and highly vocodered newcomer Rainbow on "A Di In Ting" followed by Capleton's "Ask For You What Want" being the first time after months and months where Sizzla outperforms the Fireman on a current dancehall riddim although Capleton's tune certainly is above par. Assassin proves he is one of the DJs leading the pack right now, with his strong delivery of "Clown Man". Bling Dawg's plea to cool off in "Too Much Gun Shot" features some extra synth effects in the mix fitting in very well. Bounty Killer finally teams up again with Angel Doolas for the entertaining and slack "Walk Di Walk", before Vybz Kartel shows how to ride a riddim in "No Gal" and Beenie Man invites the girls to "Call Di Doctor". DaVille throws in a big party tune with "Hands In Di Air". Elephant Man's "The Ride" is a tune with a lot of off-key singing instead of DJing, and probably the weakest tune on the riddim. Wayne Wonder contributes the heartfelt reality tune "Singing The Blues" over yet another mix of the riddim, before Vybz Kartel's 'enemies' Spragga Benz' Red Square Crew with "Dem Fi Know", Spragga himself with "You Are" and the veteran with the huge comeback Mad Cobra with "Sick A Dis" show the feud with Vybz Kartel certainly brings out the best in dem, even when Spragga's lyrics go way over the top here for me. It seems as if Ward 21's weaker tunes lately were because they saved the better ones for their Jammy's home-camp, as "Wanna Be" is yet another anti-haters tune, but it's got that raw power again that seemed to have been lost. "Plant Seed" is the return of Ninjaman and like Mad Cobra earlier, this slack tune might be the first in a row of tunes to complete a comeback as recording artist. Newcomers Zaire and Kananga impressed earlier this year on the 'Red Alert'-riddim and Kananga was impressive alongside Beenie Man as well on the 'Worried'-riddim in "Stiff Khaki". Zaire sings his heart out to get a "Room" to push my push things inna before Kananga DJs about sexercising in "Crotches Business". It's only fair that this return of the Jammy's camp to the spotlights is celebrated by closing the album with the clean version of this infectious "Chicatita Rhythm".Souljah.