Various artists album review
Regg' In Europe
October 23, 2004
Tracking list - Disc 1
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
"Regg' In Europe" is an original and interesting project initiated by French "Productions Speciales". Gathered on this double-cd compilation set are 24 European reggae artists and bands who represent 11 European countries including Spain, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, England, Sweden and Finland. All contributors deliver their own blend of roots reggae music, ranging from the roots rock reggae of Mika and instrumental reggae of Brother YaYa to the African reggae of Seyni & Yeliba. Thus we're treated to a well varied and entertaining collection of tunes, revealing some truly good efforts from artists who are mostly unknown outside their own country. Most of the songs are sung in English, which makes them easy to understand for a wide audience. But there are also a few artists who sing in their native language like for example Zazuzi from Poland, Dub Incorporation from France and Germany's Jan Delay. Standout tracks on disc one are Deep Culcha's energetic "Somebody", Winston Francis & AJ Franklin's infectious "Back To Ethiopia", Dub Incorporation's wicked "Murderer", Panache Culture's excellent "Policeman", and the entertaining "Back To Roots" by Ras Daniel Ray & Piratedub". With regards to disc two it are tunes such as Makating's mesmerizing "Wicked Ting", Canaman's joyful "Fiesta Rasta", "Judgement Time" by Basque Dub Foundation, I-Shen Rockers' "One Man One Vote", and Wood In Di Fire's "Foot In Di Wire" that make a serious impression. With the rest of the songs featured on this double-cd set being very nice stuff, it's obvious that "Regg' In Europe" is worthwhile checking out!Teacher & Mr. T.