Various artists album review
December 21, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4|
Already the 65th installment in Greensleeves rapidly growing Rhythm Album series, it's once again their main purveyor and for me producer of the year Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon who since building 'Egyptian' together with and for Daniel 'Blaxxx' Lewis and producing the hit riddims 'Mad Ants', 'Krazy' and the extremely successfull 'Good To Go' and producing Sizzla's not by everyone well received "Rise To The Occasion" and a major contribution on the production side of Vybz Kartel's very well received "Up 2 Di Time" he built together with Paul 'Teetimus' Edmund and Andre 'Suku' Gray the 'Trifecta'-riddim to take us into 2004. After hitting out after that in 2004 with H2O's 'French Vanilla'-riddim and his involvement in Purple Skunk's 'Marmalade'-riddim and In The Streetz' recent and very hot 'Worried'-riddim, he co-produced with newcomer Kirk 'Cool Face' Ford the 'Cool Fusion'-riddim, then released yet another very infectious and dancehalls worldwide ruling 'Mad Guitar'-riddim, before after a short time-gap releasing the 'Tighty Tighty'-riddim thus almost reaching the stages of single-handedly providing the main contributions to Greensleeves Rhythm Album series. As I said before, fortunately, and that's his strength, there's no downside to that. All riddims he builds or produces seem to be as strong as their predecessors, with his 'Drop Leaf'-riddim being his first and very well received release of a roots riddim. And this next dancehall riddim 'Slow Bounce', like 'French Vanilla' earlier this year built with Nigel Staff for Michael 'Liquid' Brissett's H2O Productions once again is no exception to that, yet another great infectious bashment riddim. Of course it's Don Corleon's protégé and brightest shining star Vybz Kartel who opens this album with "Big Man Thing" followed by Bounty Killer's teachings about "Pum Pum Mechanic" and sweet voiced Tami Chin, who impressed with her sexy voice all year, doesn't fail in "Mi Nuh Waa Dat" to do so again. Elephant Man's "Dat We Nah Do" ranks among his better tunes this year, unfortunately there's no extraordinary effort needed for that. Macka Diamond, formerly known as Lady Mackerel, continues this great year for her in fine style with "Call Out Mi Name" that she might have been right early this year when she stated in an interview: "The Mackerel may have been eaten, but the diamond is shining and will shine forever". Ward 21 now that they are back are going for gold giving the advice needed to feel you "King Of The World". DaVille dips into slacker territory, as he's done more often lately, with his excellent "Wuk Yuh Gal". Veterans Beenie Man with "The Girl For Me" and Bounty Killer with "Anger Management" both deliver above solid performances, before the great hookline driven "Nobody Likes Us" but that's okay, we don't like them anyway by Tornado & Bugle leads up to another combination, the poppy (as always with them) "Where's My Friend" by Tanto Metro & Devonte. T.O.K. can't seem to contribute a bad song to a riddim, and their "Trouble" is another prime example of their very own great style. Mr. Easy's "It's Amazing" is a fine tune, followed by Hollow Point's for me too hectic "Everything Bless". Nicky B, probably the one singer almost getting a guarantee of as much exposure on Don Corleon built or produced riddims as Vybz Kartel once again proves he is a singer with nuff stamina, and as almost always is partly vocodered for his no matter what you say "Caa Get Me Out". Roundhead seems to have left the ganja for what it is, and concentrates on gals tunes now, in "Tell Him Gwaan" tells girls if he can't make you come, let him go before Calico's first solo outing "We Roll Deep" closes the vocals over this riddim, that's featured in its clean "Slow Bounce Rhythm" version as well. Though H2O's Michael 'Liquid' Brissett is officially the producer, this riddim and thus this album is more evidence for me as to why one of its musicians Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett a.k.a. Don Corleon is my producer of the year 2004.Souljah.