Album Reviews

Johnny Osbourne And The Sensations - Come Back Darling (Trojan/Sanctuary)

This is no easy feat: reissuing an original 12 track album with no less than 49 (!) bonus tracks. An "expanded...


Ras Michael Jr. - Medicine Man: Inna De Yard (Makasound)

'Medicine Man' is already the sixth release in Makasound's intriguing Inna De Yard series, this time focusing on...


Luie Hond - Met Liefde (Pias)

In Belgium we know Campina Reggae as the heirs to the legacy of Doe Maar, but a musical reply from our northern...


Luciano - Revelation Time (Jet Star/Charm)

The Messenger rarely disappoints and impresses once more with 'Revelation Time'. Most of the tracks on this album are...


Barrington Levy - Englishman + Various Artists - Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves)

This year, Greensleeves celebrates its 30th anniversary and for the occasion the label is releasing some interesting...


Anthony B - Higher Meditation

Barely a few months after his previous release 'Suffering Man' Anthony B returns with 'Higher Meditation', an...


U Roy - Old School/New Rules (Ariwa)

After several years of absence U Roy returns to Ariwa and 'Old School/New Rules', easily classified among the...


Max Romeo - Pocomania Songs (Ariwa)

The first album of living reggae legend Max Romeo for Mad Professor's Ariwa label has sadly turned out to be somewhat...


Tarrus Riley - Parables (VP Records)

Tarrus Riley (son of legend Winston Riley) is a newcomer to the VP stable. 'Parables' is already his second...


Various Artists - King Jammy's: Selector's Choice Volume 1, 2, 3 & 4 (VP Records)

For fans of eighties producer par excellence, King Jammy, the year couldn't have started any better. With this...


Anthony B - Suffering Man (Tad's Record)

Anthony B's latest, 'Suffering Man', on the Jamaican Tad's Record label, starts splendidly with 'Bless Up', a great...


The Congos - Swinging Bridge (M├ędiacom/Nocturne)

Equaling the level of the legendary 'Heart Of The Congos' seems a near impossible task, but with 'Swinging Bridge'...


Roger Robin - Take It Slow (VP Records)

Yours truly had honestly never heard of Roger Robin, but the man turns out to have a velvet voice reminiscent of that...


Elijah Prophet - King Of Kings (PowPow Productions)

Truth be told, yours truly is a huge fan of Elijah Prophet. His 'Got To Be Conscious' on the Crystal Woman riddim...


Perfect Giddimani - Giddimani + Spectacular - Find Yourself (DHF Records)

The debut album of Jamaica's latest singjay-revelation Perfect, who earlier this year stormed the charts with...


Various Artists - King At The Controls, King Jammy Essential Hits From Reggae's Digital Revolution 1985 - 1989 (VP Records)

With the anniversary of the Sleng Teng riddim still fresh in the collective memory, VP Records now pays tribute...


Pama International - Trojan Sessions (Trojan/Sanctuary)

Pama International had the honor of being the first band in years to be offered a recording contract by...


Natural Black - Far From Reality (Greensleeves)

Stating Jamaica is overflowing with musical talent is probably still an understatement, so question is if the island...


King Tubby - King Tubby Meets Jacob Miller In A Tenement Yard (Motion Records)

'King Tubby Meets Jacob Miller In A Tenement Yard' is a curiosity in every way you want to look at it. For starters,...


I Kong - The Way It Is (VP Records)

With its Reggae Rewind series VP Records is focusing on the rerelease of a number of classic reggae albums. The first...