Various artists album review
17 - 01 - 1998
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
The Riddim Twins, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, along with the Taxi Gang introduce on their latest outing their new direction of reggae/dancehall music sound entitled "La Trenggae". This new sound is a swinging and delightful mix of Carribean flavors, one part Latin and one part dancehall.|
Sly and Robbie have always been "pioneers" in reggae music, stretching the borders of reggae music for three decades, but the fact that both have their feet planted firmly on the ground has ensured that they have never left the grass roots of the music behind.
"La Trenggae" samples sixteen cuts of their latest sound. Two excellent tracks by melodic crooner Ambelique and a soulful version of the sixties classic "Make it easy (on yourself)" by Karen Smith and Mikey Spice. Most tracks on this album are covers, either from evergreens or Latin classics. Beenie Man's "Foundation" and the Scare Dem Crew's "Many many" are strictly dancehall, while tracks like "(The girl from)Ipenema" and "Volare" are more or less "muzak".
The album "La Trenggae" delivers a stimulating and new direction in reggae music, a danceable fresh sound !