Various artists album review
Reggae Mood Swingz
Wild Life Muzik
06 - 07 - 1998
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
Wild Life Muzik Ent. based in Hollywood, Ca. has put out a well varied set, packed with 18 vocal tracks, ranging from dancehall to reggae to r&b.|
The album kicks of with an spoken intro by Wayne Ranks, followed by an uptempo duet from Mikey Spice and female deejay Levi. The next track is an ultra smooth reworking of the Ken Boothe classic Everything I Own. Talented Lukie D. teams up with deejay Zulu for an excellent r&b lovers cut entitled Platonic, and the same goes for the combination Kenytta and Nardo Ranks in the outstanding Don't Front. More r&b sounds on Love Can Make You Happy, followed by Jack Radics' reggae version of Come See About me. The combination Sugar Minott and Mad Cobra have made a perfect love song, Swelele uses the same riddim for the track Lioness.
The tempo changes drastically at the moment Major Damage takes over and lays down the boasting dancehall track Mind Is Willing. Volvo and Hindu deliver a fast paced version of United We Stand. A straight one drop reggae riddim dominates the tracks Long Way and I Like Your Flow. The most outstanding cut on this album is Everton Blender's Defender Of The Faith, and Dennis Brown keeps up the standards with Long Life. E.T. Webster has a pretty love song and reggae veteran Triston Palmer sings about righteousness in the closing track Love And Peace.
Most tracks on this album are produced by 3 Natti and voiced at several Jamaican and American studios. On this disc the crew includes Fabian Cook, Swelele, Clive Ross, Shaka Man, Computer Paul and Tim & Donald Hayes.
It's a lively and varied album which is worth seeking, finding and hearing.