With 'This Is Lovers Rock' the Greensleeves label is finally paying some attention to a rather underexposed subgenre in reggae music. The love song has held a place in Jamaican music from the start, but as a genre lovers rock originated in the United Kingdom somewhere in the mid-1970s as a reaction against the flood of roots releases coming from Jamaica. Many of the Jamaicans living in Europe weren't bothered with songs about revolution and Rastafari and, after their 9 to 5 jobs, just wanted to relax. Apart from the big names in the English lovers rock scene (Carroll Thompson, Sandra Cross) this compilation also has to offer lesser known names (Jean Adebambo, Mellow Rose). In any case 'This Is Lovers Rock' might just be the romantic gift idea of the month, perfect for that certain someone on that date in the middle of February!