Various artists album review
Urban Beat Reggae : Dancehall Massive Culture
March 22, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
The compilation set "Dancehall Massive Culture" is the follow-up to the 1996 released first volume of Heartbeat Records' "Urban Beat Reggae" series. Included here are top selling and crossover Jamaican artists like Sean Paul, Lady Saw, Dawn Penn, Beenie Man, and Beres Hammond as well as top cultural artists like Tony Rebel, Anthony B, Everton Blender and Michael Rose. Actually a notable line-up that raises one's expectations high. And indeed, we're treated to a fairly good collection of tunes. However, it remains to be seen whether the hardcore reggae dancehall fan will appreciate the remixed versions and polished sound of some of the tunes included here. It makes them more suitable for sophisticated clubs and their urban audience, but lacks the raw vibes and grooves for the dance hall. Nevertheless we can recommend this album to those who are looking for some well produced and appealing tunes to get the party going. The album opens with Spanner Banner & Sean Paul's previously unreleased version of Kool & The Gang's "Ladies Night" and includes such solid efforts like the Beres Hammond tracks "Come Again Tonight" and "Try If You Want" (both taken from his "Getting Stronger" album), Michael Rose's "Never Give It Up", Richie Spice's "My Love" and Everton Blender & Beenie Man's "Slackness".