Various artists album review
CD / 2LP
May 11, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 3/4|
After being responsible for the the 'Crash'-riddim, and Greensleeves Rhythm Albums #11 "Mud up", #12 "Xtreme", and #30 "Bollywood" Byron Murray who operates the In The Streetz label with Clifford 'Mr.Vegas' Smith now produced the Donovan 'Vendetta' Bennett built 'Worried'-riddim. And it's another very fine fast paced and 'crowded' bashment riddim, that is the backdrop for some fine vocals. To fully understand that Beenie Man & newcomer Kananga aren't singing about sta-prest trousers just sing out loud for yourself that she wants a "Stiff Khaki" between her legs. CÚCile bigs up her own gender convincingly in the new anthem "All My Girls", before T.O.K. once again show they're always delivering one of the best tunes on any riddim they voice, this time with the humorous "Miss Hypie Hypie". Vybz Kartel's "Player Hate" is less strong than his fame and other recent releases would tend you to expect, and thus completely overshadowed by Ward 21's "Search Them Out" (trust me, it's slack, so you can easily guess what has to be searched out). A very fine combination next from Wayne Marshall & Alozade addressing the question who out of all these ladies acting so crazy is gonna be "The One"? Followed by Bounty Killer - who will be replacing Elephant Man as THE dancehall act at the upcoming Summerjam in Germany - about the unification signified by the "Alliance", an impressive tune, which I just can't seem to think of Sizzla's "You Can Make It". I don't know whether the signing to Greensleeves of Dutty Cup Crew's Kid Kurrupt has had him work harder, but lately I've been impressed by his tunes, and "925 Alaska" is a lyrically as well entertaining ganja-tune. Predator is the one having them "Worried", a fine tune that gave the riddim its name, and this haters-tune is a bit more serious than his regular 'mad-sick-head-no-good' tunes, after which Harry Toddler, one of the veterans in the current dancehall-scene, not releasing too much these days, convinces with his nevertheless dark sounding party-tune "Rave". Kiprich' "Cyant Dun" has a nice hookline, but overall is not really capturing enough attention. Capturing everyone's attention is the tune following it, Beenie Man's excellent "Bun A Happy Man", proving both Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have lately been showing that they are the true veterans still ruling the dances. Natural Black's "Freaky Party" has some bobo-fundamentalism delivered in a convincing albeit copied style. I must admit that for the first time (anyone who read my reviews of the 'Flava' and 'Chrome'-riddims knows what I thought till now) I actually can relisten a Pickney tune a couple of times, without going nuts, "Craven" is for me his best tune so far. Wicked intro follows, with a weeping guitar, Indian (as in redskinned not subcontinental) sounding warcry kicking off a superb combination by Alozade & Chico over a slightly different version of the 'Worried'-riddim, about them "Spending G'S". Keri's "My Man" is an nice effort, but she's not one of the best female singers I've heard recently, she surely has to gain a more powerful delivery to get into the pack of Tami, Shez, Cess, Timberley and all others trying to reach for spotlights now taken by Lady Saw, CÚCile and Tanya Stephens. Delly Ranks contributes a very convincing conscious tune, preaching fire to "Bun Babylon", and the last vocal delivery over the riddim is the excellent "Style & Flow" bashment tune by South Rakkas' Ninja Kid alongside Bajie Man. This album is brought to an end with the clean version of this very fine fast paced bashment 'Worried'-riddim.Souljah.