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Maverick a Strike
Finley Quaye
Maverick a Strike
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1

A 23-year-old singer of mixed heritage--he's part Scottish, part Ghanaian--Quaye can bust a smooth groove like Al Green or offer a straight reading of roots reggae (listen to his jaunty arrangement of "Your Love Gets Sweet...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Finley Quaye
Title: Maverick a Strike
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 11/4/1997
Release Date: 11/4/1997
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Trip-Hop, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Maverick a Strike
UPCs: 074646850626, 074646850640, 5099748875822

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A 23-year-old singer of mixed heritage--he's part Scottish, part Ghanaian--Quaye can bust a smooth groove like Al Green or offer a straight reading of roots reggae (listen to his jaunty arrangement of "Your Love Gets Sweeter"). "It's Great When We're Together" skirts too close to Green in sentiment and sound, but the blues guitar and deep bass rumble of "Ultra Stimulation" goose an otherwise conventional reggae number. Still, Quaye isn't afraid to explode convention completely. Despite its hippy-dippy title, "Ride on and Turn the People On" is a thrilling duel between Quaye's elastic wordplay and a hyperactive bassist (who goes uncredited in the CD booklet but deserves star billing throughout). Quaye is best when he takes all the music he's heard and fashions a new pastiche that doesn't sound like one. His take on Marley's "Sunday Shining" is one such marvel, a glorious smear of slide guitar, Rastaman imagery, '60s soul horns, and a rhythm track that belongs squarely to the '90s. It may be the brightest light on Maverick a Strike, but this 13-track album never really dims much. --Keith Moerer

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If you're looking to Try Finley Quaye...this by far his best
fetish_2000 | U.K. | 03/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having liked this album the first time around, it was interesting to see if returning to it years later would prove a worthwhile listen. Surprisingly my appreciation has substantially grown for this album (admittedly due to my significantly wider range in music), but the fact remains that "Sunday Shining's" languish horns or keyboards is the musical equivalent of spending a memorable sunny afternoon outdoors. "Your Love gets Sweeter" is the acoustic strum exploring the romanticised side of Finley's music. Title Track "Maverick A Strike" leans strongest to his reggae roots taking a reggae ideal, and fusing it was popular music to make something, although not authentic reggae, is largely accessible to those normally intimidated regional reggae. But a track that largely goes unmentioned by deserves equal recognition is the instrumental "Red Rolled and Seen" which has a tribal moody rhythmic presence, not a million miles away from something that 'Tricky' would create. Finley successive albums may have been a case of playing to diminishing returns, but this debut confirmed his potential to make a largely coherent album by swiping sensibilities from other genres resulting in an immensely enjoyable album."
Handles like a dream.
fetish_2000 | 06/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't listen to machine99. The album is brilliant. He is trying to be Bob Marley? What? I didn't know Bob Marley flirted with Trip-Hop and sampling. Maybe he did, who knows, but personally, I think the album is smoov and charismatic, a terrific aural experience. Some great mood songs. Prime cuts are Ride On and Turn the People on and Your love gets sweeter."
Hyper!
M. Sigh | Lansing, MI | 01/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The finest blend of old-school reggae vibe with sounds and structures from the future. One of my all time favorites."