Various artists album review
29 - 01 - 2000
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4|
"Reggae 2000", subtitled "Reggae For The New Millennium", is the first album release of the up-and-coming producer Vasco Carney from Jamaica in association with a new reggae record label out of New York, ERC Records. This very entertaining and well produced set features a collection of fine lovers songs and conscious tunes, performed by both established artists and new talent over tasteful, fresh original riddims as well as reworked riddims from the past.|
The first three tracks utilize the very same, well laid lovers style riddim with a surprisingly good vocal effort from roots singer Bushman, who fully showcases that he is also capable of delivering an appealing lovers tune. Newcomer Stevie Face, in combination with female singer Leba, brings a satisfying effort with "Love By You". With this enjoyable song Stevie Face proves that he is a mature singer, who is definitely going to establish his name in reggae music. Stevie's rendition of Alton Ellis' "Breaking Up" as well as his other efforts on this compilation set are further proof of this statement. "Smooth Love" showcases Tanya Stephens in a vocal style reminiscent of the one she utilized on her Barry O'Hare produced debut album "Big Things Are Gwaan". Reggae vet Triston Palmer knows how to record a solid tune. His powerful voice comes to full expression on the excellent "In Love With You", performed over the "Breaking Up" riddim, and in the upful "My Father's Love". The combination Anthony B, Triston Palmer and Determine delivers a decent effort over a nyabinghi flavoured riddim, with Pinchie P alongside Stevie Face bringing the next cut to the riddim. Then four tunes over an awesome riddim laid by Sly Dunbar & Stephen "Lenky" Marsden with first of all Pinchers, delivering an excellent effort in his well known unique style, truly one of his best deliveries since his heydays in the second half of the eighties. Kenneth Dayes (aka Kenneth Paley) from Culture vocally and lyrically showcases his roots in the solid "Praising Jah". Norris Man has a strong appearance with the outrageous "The Enemy", thus underlining that he's a cultural artist to watch for in the near future. Bushman & Stevie Face's "Show Some Love", a fine version over the riddim, rounds off the strongest part of this compilation. Stevie Face, solo and in combination with Bad Dog voicing over a nice reworking of Sly & Robbie's renown "Unmetered Taxi" riddim (actually revitalized by the riddim twins themselves with additional musicians Computer Paul and Dean Fraser), completes a well varied album that is truly worth checking out.