Album Reviews

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...


Lutan Fyah - Phantom War (Greensleeves)

Lutan Fyah is one of the more promising singjays of the moment and 'Phantom War' confirms his talent. This is not the...


The Scrucialists - All The Way (Rootdown Records/Sonic Rendezvous)

The Scrucialists is the story of four friends who built a studio in the Swiss city of Basel (which quickly became the...


Third World - Black, Gold, Green (Nocturne/I Sound)

Last year the Jamaican super group Third World celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with 'Black, Gold, Green', an...


Leroy Smart - Dread Hot In Africa (Makasound)

The catalogue of the French Makasound label seems to gain prestige with each new release. Like no other they know how...


The Mighty Diamonds - Thugs In The Street (M├ędiacom)

If you know that 'Thugs In The Street' contains no less than four cover versions (two of which are reworked...


Ijahman Levi - Versatile Life (M├ędiacom/Tree Roots Music)

In recent years Ijahman Levi has divided his time between waging a legal battle for the rights of his songs on the...


Earl Sixteen - Wake Up (Ariwa)

It looks as if the title of this new album by Earl Sixteen (also known as the voice behind Dreadzone...