Various artists album review
Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica
February 7, 2005
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Even though many people instantly associate reggae music with Jamaica, it can't be denied that some notable reggae efforts have been produced outside Jamaica from the moment reggae's foremost ambassador Bob Marley had spreaded the reggae vibes all over the world. In recent years some of the most noteworthy reggae music has been coming from the small, yet incredibly rootsy island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. So, any compilation set that includes tracks from seven - out of eleven featured - artists from St. Croix should be, at least, interesting enough to check out. And indeed it is!! "Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica", the second release on Skank Records, treats the listener to such great tracks like Iba's "Jah Lion", Abja's "War" and Danny I's wonderful "Soldier", which is delivered over a wicked riddim (also underpinning Bobo Ites solid "Heathen Rage"). However, these tunes are outmatched by Junior Daniel's "Behold" and "Out Of Control" by Ankh Watep. Both artists deliver truly fantastic efforts and one should be on the lookout for their upcoming releases. Other noteworthy tunes on this cd are Ossie Dellimore's powerful "Downpressor Man", Bambu Station's "Pass It", Nasio Fontaine's "Riding On" and the wicked album opener "Clear Night" by California-based band Mongoose.