Various artists album review
Conscious Rasta: Clean Heart & Love Part 2
Penitentiary Records - Walboomers Music
December 29 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Sizzla - Right Road
  2. Morgan Heritage - I Will Wait
  3. Beenie Man - Oh Dey
  4. Luciano - No Problem
  5. Buju Banton & Kirk Davis - Love You Forever
  6. Junior Kelly - Don't Complain
  7. Bushman - Night & Day
  8. Sizzla - Talk Wid Jah
  9. Anthony B - Herbs
  10. Queen Omega - Jeneille
  11. Everton Blender - Mama
  12. Alpha Rowen - Babylon Bridge
  13. Sizzla - Some How
  14. Natural Black - Different Level
  15. Junior Kelly - From Creation
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

The next installment in the "Conscious Rasta: Clean Heart & Love" series from Penitentiary Records is another excellent collection of tunes that focuses on culture and consciousness. Here we're treated to contemporary rasta reggae in a variety of styles ranging from dancehall to roots. It's Sizzla who takes the lead with "Right Road", a great tune across a revitalized version of the classic "Shank I Sheck" riddim. Two further Sizzla cuts are included here. First there's the mediocre "Talk Wid Jah" (on the sleeve erroneously listed as a Capleton tune) and then Kemar McGregor aka DJ Flava produced "Some How". The latter starts off a little weird, but then this track turns out to be a very strong effort with Sizzla in good shape, lyrically as well as vocally. Junior Kelly is present with two tracks. First there's "Don't Complain", a decent tune delivered over a hustling dancehall beat, and then the awesome "From Creation", one of the standout tracks on this cd. The same goes for Morgan Heritage's "I Will Wait" (aka "I Will Not Wait" on Black Diamonds' remake of the "Expo Train" riddim), Luciano's "No Problem", Everton Blender's moving "Mama" and the wicked "Babylon Bridge" by Alpha Rowen, a singer with Garnett Silk inspired vocals. Also worth of hearing is the combination tune "Love You Forever" by Buju Banton and Kirk Davis (formerly known as Little Kirk), Bushman's "Night & Day" (aka "Yes Man" on Fire Ball's "Talk About Love" cut) and Queen Omega's Jeneille.

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