Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B
With R&B charts dominated by the flat voices of disaffected post-New Jack soul boyz, Hammond's hyper-romantic, old-school throw-down--juiced by reggae's exotic allure--makes him one of the few stalwarts who can stir the so... more »
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With R&B charts dominated by the flat voices of disaffected post-New Jack soul boyz, Hammond's hyper-romantic, old-school throw-down--juiced by reggae's exotic allure--makes him one of the few stalwarts who can stir the soul of any deep-down old-fashioned gal. Jamaica's top-ranking soul brother also happens to be one of the island's greatest singer/songwriters, and this album, his sole recording for a stateside major label (Elektra), is a standout, even for this consistent and prolific vet. The scales may be tipped here towards R&B-infused love tunes, but lead track "Reggae Calling" makes an equally heart-swelling plea to the world to stop the violence, and truth-and-rights track "Motherland" receives its rightful share of Hammond's considerable store of passion. Of course, he would rather make love than war, and those urgent, whiskey-grained vocals throb most exquisitely when Hammond sings to the ladies in "We've Found It," a tale of young love in bloom, and in "No Disturb Sign," one of the best booty-knocking soundtracks ever recorded this side of Barry White. "I Won't Surrender" takes a stand against a faithless love, but Hammond is most familiar and convincing as the love junkie of "Can't Get Enough," a mix of moaning cries and startling poetic juxtapositions--the Bible, Oil of Olay, breakfast cereal. "I Could Beat Myself" revisits another favorite Hammond persona, the errant lover full of regrets, but nothing approaches his voice slipping midnote, like satin over silk, from a low, sultry croon to an angel's sweet swoon in "It's Not Too Late," his superheated duet with the reggae man's favorite partner, Marcia Griffiths. --Elena Oumano
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thomas m hoover | trenton, mi United States | 02/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellant album from top to bottum. Many goods songs. To me, I thought the song "No Crime" is great. Also, the song "No Disturb Sign" is tremendous; beautiful song that evokes lots of thoughts. If you are buying some Beres, you MUST have this one."
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thomas m hoover | 07/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Un like many artists this gentleman, for he truly is, Hugh Beresford Hammond better (and also simply) known as Beres is as beautiful a writer as he is a balladeer but his obvious God given talent doesn't stop there he also writes, what we in the Caribbean call "conscious", lyrics as his first song on this album Reggae calling points out. His expression is beautiful and metaphorical in all his and truly moving and poignant, He makes you want not only to groove slowly but also inspires positive life affirming feelings. My favorite sounds on this album are Reggae Calling which is especially imperative in these times, We've Found It, No Disturb Sign both beautiful love songs Giving Thanks, I Could Beat Myself, and Smile for Me. Once you buy this album you want to buy all his stuff as I did, well maybe not all but at least two more of this man's excellent albums if only to hear one of the best voices the Caribbean has produced since Robert Nesta Marley"
Morado | cincinnati, ohio USA | 02/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this whole CD. Beres is multi talented with a soulful voice. The songs seem to be a collection of personal experiences; Being in love, Happy, and In Control. "Reggae Calling" and "No Disturb Sign" are really catchy. My favorite was the surprisingly beautiful "It's Never Too Late," a duet that will knock your socks off. This is some great Jamaican reggae!"