Riddim Driven ~ Heathen Riddim
VP Records-Groove Attack
May 18, 2007
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 5||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
With classic organ sounds, a church choir and church clocks producers Tony 'CD' Kelly and Shaun 'Sting
International' Pizzonia enhanced (together with other musicians
Christopher 'Longman' Bird and Maurice Gregory) the '(Church)
Heathen'-riddim for Shaggy and Robert Livingston's Big Yard label, that backs Shaggy's
mega-hit "Church Heathen" on which his delivery and this riddim
melt together for a superb dancehall tune against hypocrisy (of so called
Christians). Ninjaman in his inimitable style recycles much of those
lyrics for the very entertaining "The Pastor" and then the "Lef
Dem To Time (Radio)" edit of Elephant Man's tune featuring Jigsy, in
which the words kill and sodomite have been carefully
removed, fails to impress, just like Shaggy-sound-a-like Red Fox'
Rik Rok & Screechy Dan deliver the very catchy "Love Machine (Radio)", unfortunately in its edited version as well, before Ky-Enie chips in with "Juvenile" and has had better tunes in the past for Big Yard than this effort. Rayvon's "Boomerang Nanny" is lyrically (slack and) entertaining, but the delivery also seems a bit more lacklustre than his usual high entertainment value, before Big Yard's newcomer (this is his 3rd tune and his 3rd tune for Big Yard) Goldenchyl convinces with "Caan Fool Gal No More" and late 80s veteran female DJ Shell(e)y Thunder chatting like she's never been away in her warning for the heathen in the very nice "The Gospel". Newcomers D'Lynx make a satisfying debut with "In Da Club" before early 90s veteran closes this album with the mediocre "Gal Alone".
The (Church) Heathen-riddim is a wonderful riddim, but unfortunately only half of the (only 11) tunes across it are also great (to superb as in Shaggy and Ninjaman a.k.a. Brother Desmond's case).