Album Reviews

Lee Scratch Perry - Panic In Babylon (Narnack Records/Suburban)

Thanks to the sound of the Swiss White Belly Rats and producer Pascal Brunkow of the equally Swiss Damp Music, 'Panic...


Winston McAnuff - Paris Rockin' (Makasound)

For this atypical reggae-soul album veteran and bosom friend of Earl Sixteen, Winston McAnuff, joined forces with the...


Luciano - Child Of A King (VP Records)

Unlike many of his colleagues Luciano continues to deliver solid albums and 'Child Of A King' is no exception. The...


Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band - Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band (30 Hertz Records)

Absolutely not my cup of tea, this 'Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band'. The album is more or less the organic...


Groundation - Upon The Bridge (Nocturne)

'Upon The Bridge' is already the fifth album of this Californian reggae band and Groundation continues to do what it...


Alton Ellis - Many Moods Of Alton Ellis (Makasound)

More than enough trilling moments on 'Many Moods Of Alton Ellis', a reissue of a "forgotten" album by Mr. Rocksteady...


Dreadzone - Live At Sunrise (Functional Records)

What to say about this first live album by dance/reggae machine Dreadzone? Fronted by master of ceremonies Mc Spee...


Bounty Killer - Nah No Mercy: The Warlord Scrolls (VP Records)

This double album speaks for itself: 41 (!) of the best Bounty Killer tunes neatly collected on two discs; VP Records...


Tony Rebel - I Rebel (Flames Productions)

This new album by Tony Rebel counts no less than twenty tracks, something his fans will hardly mind of course,...


Jah Mason - Wheat And Tears (Greensleeves)

Just a few months after the release of the impressive 'Princess Gone... The Saga Bed' on VP Records, Jah Mason is...


Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby: The Best of Eric Donaldson (Trojan/Sanctuary)

The name Eric Donaldson will only ring a bell with the selected few, though just about everyone can still sing along...


Desmond Dekker - This Is Desmond Dekkar (Trojan/Sanctuary)

'This Is Desmond Dekkar' is a nice homage to ska legend Desmond Dekker who passed away earlier this year, and with a...


Dave Barker - Prisoner Of Love: Dave Barker Meets The Upsetters (Trojan/Sanctuary)

On this Lee Perry production, Dave Barker (the singing half of duo Dave & Ansel Collins) sounds as if Sam Cooke...


Cocoa Tea - Save Us Oh Jah (VP Records)

The biggest letdown of this new Cocoa Tea album is that it doesn't offer any real highflyers (though 'Sex, Drugs...


The Viceroys - Inna De Yard (Makasound)

The newest addition in the Inna De Yard series this time doesn't focus on a solo artist, but rather on a legendary...


Various Artists - Alpha Boys School 1910 - 2006, Music In Education (Trojan/Sanctuary)

In Jamaica the Alpha Boys School, an institution for contrarian boys and orphans, has an iconic status and the late...


Turbulence - Notorious, The Album (VP Records)

Turbulence has been tipped as Sizzla's successor for quite some time now. The duo is similar not only in their vocal...


Garnet Silk - Rule Dem: The Roots Of The Reggae Messiah (Trojan/Sanctuary)

'Rule Dem: The Roots Of The Reggae Messiah' is really nothing more than a collection of dubplates recorded...


Seeed - Next! (Downbeat/Warner)

The German band Seeed is preparing to conquer the world. The international version of 'Next!' is not an entirely new...


Scientist - Dub 911 (Nature Sounds)

This album must have one of the most amateurishly done album covers we've seen in months and on top of that the...