Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Perseverance
Various
Wall Streetz Records
CD
June 24 - 2005

Track list
  1. Deep Within Your Eyes - Beenie Man & Kris Kelly
  2. All Night - T.O.K
  3. Drive By - Jah Mason
  4. Ready Yah Now - Capleton & Uplifter
  5. Perseverance - Turbulence
  6. Herb Fi Bun - Anthony B
  7. Where It's Coming From - Dillgin & Gatlin
  8. Bruise Up - Cobra
  9. Dutty Life (Never Get Down) - Capleton
  10. Shower and Power Youths - Beenie Man
  11. Entertainer Peggy - Burru Banton
  12. You Are Too Much - Thriller U
  13. Devil in Disguie - Jah Mason
  14. Hooligan - Dillgin & Steve Machete
  15. Pass The Kutchie - Anthony B & The Mighty Diamonds
  16. Mystery Babylon - Luciano
  17. Be Wise - Dillgin
  18. Free - Steve Machete
  19. Born To Survive - Turbulence
  20. She Is - Tanto Metro & Devonte
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Wall Streetz "Perseverance" album features a host of contemporary reggae and dancehall artists including big names such as Beenie Man, Capleton and Luciano alongside lesser known acts like for example Burru Banton and Steve Machete.

In terms of vocals the album boasts a good mix of styles; DJ's such as Capleton and Cobra provide a dancehall edge whilst the likes of Luciano and Steve Machete act as a mellow counterpoint. There are also a couple of tracks mixing both styles - Tanto Metro & Devonte's "She Is" and Dillgin & Steve Machete's "Hooligan" - one of my favourite tracks. As for the riddims four or five are repeated at least once but are either spread out or put in pairs, ensuring that they do not become monotonous.

The strongest cut on the album is the title track from singjay Turbulence who flexes his singing abilities to the full on a nice up-tempo reggae riddim. Other highlights include Beenie Man's second cut entitled "Shower and Power Youths" (a rare departure from the 'Doctors' usual source of inspiration, "di gal dem"!). Cobra's thumping "Bruise Up" will be enjoyed by dancehall fans whilst later on Luciano's soothing "Mystery Babylon" lowers the tempo but not the quality.

Overall this is a very good compilation CD which demonstrates a wide range of vocal styles and subject matters without being restricted by the focus on a small number of riddims.