Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
When this 1995 LP hit the airwaves, all of reggaedom exhaled, and Banton instantly became the sun around which all other reggae artists revolve. He satisfied reggae music/culture's constant craving for an object of worship... more »
When this 1995 LP hit the airwaves, all of reggaedom exhaled, and Banton instantly became the sun around which all other reggae artists revolve. He satisfied reggae music/culture's constant craving for an object of worship by delivering an album that could've come from Bob Marley's canon at the same time that it's quintessentially Buju. Banton's coarse, dancehall-honed bass rap breaks out into song for the first time here, fulfilling Marley's demand that reggae vocals be r-r-r-r-rough, never "pretty-pretty." And what songs they are! From the title track to "Til I'm Laid to Rest" this masterwork is a true soul satisfier. Banton also follows the lead of reggae's holy ghost by perserving his versatility, in particular by not abandoning his dancehall roots. Irresistible "Win' up and skin out" turns like "Champion" elucidate the undeniable link between mountain top Rastaman and dancehall rude bway. --Elena Oumano
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Best Reggae Album
supastar | brooklyn | 04/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album gets from rough dancehall anthems like Champion and Murderer to rootsy devotional themes that Buju's rough voice acts like sandpaper on, smoothing out tracks like Untold Stories and Til I'm Laid to Rest. The Late Great Garnett Silk is heard on Complain to great effect, and even fun things like Staaay just a little bit Longer are great. It's well produced and it shows the full diversity of Buju's abilities, what separates him from all other competition, as a straight chatter and as an artist and a singer. What a step up from Voice of Jamaica and even Mr. Mention, which WERE great albums, but this is what forever put Buju in a different category. Beenie Man might be the hottest thing out and sure, he's great and he's trying different things, but none of his albums can touch this. Buju also happens to put on the best show ever as I got to see in Boston amongst a bunch of hardheads and screwfaces throughout a whole "reggae fest" of good artists, and when he gets out he melts everyone. This album's good for you. (so is this review so give me a "helpful".)"
Nuff respect to a genuinely creative artist
supastar | 08/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I went home to Jamaica in 1996 and was chillin' with some friends at the university when I could hear somebody on campus blasting "It's not an easy road", the first time I ever heard the song.As soon as I got back to the States, I bought it. I continue to love this cd three years later. Unlike some djs, Buju has always had something to say, and in this album, he says it eloquently and honestly. In every line, from "Til I'm Laid to Rest" to "Untold Stories", he tells the story of the uncelebrated Jamaicans who simply try to make a living everyday amidst incredible obstacles. He awakens the conscience in "Murderer" but still knows how to plea to be a woman's "Only Man". His range on this album is simply astonishing, and while everyone sings the praises of Lauryn Hill's originality, just take a look at this brave, honest testimonial of an album and you'll see that taking risks pays when you have a real story to tell."
On a deserted island
supastar | 01/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I were deserted on a island with one cd, this would be my first choice! I bought the cd cause I liked the "Untold Story" video. But when I heard the rest of the album I became a Buju junky. I love "Wanna be loved" and "When I'm laid to rest..." is off the hook when you are boomin on the highway. buy one for anyone not already praying to the altar of Buju Banton."