Album Reviews

Michael Rose - African Dub + Various Artists - Deeper Roots (M Records)

True to Jamaican tradition M Records follows Michael Rose's 'African Roots' release with a dub version of the album....


Leroy Brown - Color Barrier (Makasound)

It's getting ever rarer, but occasionally a forgotten gem from reggae history still turns up and with Leroy Brown's...


Fantan Mojah - Hail The King (Greensleeves)

Stop the presses! Just in time for the holidays Greensleeves presents Fantan Mojah's debut album 'Hail The King'....


Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley - Welcome To Jamrock (Tuff Gong/Universal)

With 'Welcome To Jamrock' Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley already delivered this year's strongest single and the rest of the...


Linval Thompson - Inna De Yard (Makasound)

With the Inna De Yard project led by Soul Syndicate guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Makasound takes a serious risk....


Josie Mel - Rasta Still De 'Bout + Jr. Kelly, Bounty Killer & Capleton - The Good, The Bad & The Blazing (Minor7flat5)

From the first moment one hears the songs on 'Rasta Still De 'Bout' they have a certain familiarity, not surprising...


Manjul - Dub To Mali: Fasou Kanou (Humble Ark Records/Bang!)

"French dub master meets Mali blues", would be a nice way to summarize Manjul's 'Dub To Mali: Fasou Kanou'....


Beef - Last Rudy Stan D1ng (Pias)

Yours truly will probably never quite get used to the voice of Beef-singer Pieter Both. This personal opinion put...


10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Bass Chalice (Roir)

The music of this somewhat illustrious American band (no one seems to know exactly who the group members are) begs...


Warrior King - Hold The Faith (VP Records)

Warrior King's previous release already dates back to 2002; the man clearly takes his time to record a new album....


Jr. Kelly - Tough Life (VP Records)

'Smile', Junior Kelly's previous release for VP Records left yours truly somewhat indifferent. Besides the strong...


Dr. Israel - Inna City Pressure (Roir)

'Inna City Pressure' is not a new Dr. Israel album but a reissue of the original with the addition of a few extra...


Burning Spear - Our Music (Burning Music Production/Nocturne/I Sound)

Winston Rodney, aka Burning Spear is one of the last living reggae icons. In recent years Spear has focused his...


Dreadzone - Once Upon A Time (Functional Records)

There are albums you just want in your collection for that one song in the track list and Dreadzone's 'Once Upon A...


Sinead O'Connor - Throw Down Your Arms (That's Why There's Chocolate And Vanilla)

Sinead O'Connor goes reggae? Correction: Sinead O'Connor goes Rasta! According to the liner notes accompanying 'Throw...


Willi Williams - Messenger Man (Blood and Fire)

The source of forgotten roots reggae treasures seems to spring eternal. This time Willi Williams' 'Messenger Man' is...


Anthony B - Black Star (Greensleeves)

Anthony B h as taken on the goal to spread the message of Rastafari also beyond the borders of the reggae music; his...


I Wayne - Lava Ground (VP Records)

I Wayne has to be the most hyped Jamaican artist since Sizzla came on the scene and one has to wonder if the end...


Anthony B - My Hope (Minor7flat5)

Anthony B is a busy-bee. Only weeks after the release of his strong 'Black Star' album on Greensleeves, he surprises...


Michael Rose - African Roots (M Records)

Ryan 'Twilight Circus' Moore's releases are still in great part aimed at a vinyl loving crowd. Consequently Michael...


Ranking Joe - World In Trouble (M Records)

What to say about this new Ranking Joe album? Let's keep it short: this is just about the best reggae yours truly has...