Anthony B / Luciano / Sizzla

We Three Kings

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This album is split three ways between one singer and two DJs, an interesting configuration that works better than one might expect. For one thing, the juxtapositions are nice: Luciano's sweet cultural crooning is nicely offset by the rough-and-ready chatting of Sizzla, while Anthony B.'s richer-voiced declamations occupy a neat middle ground. Not surprisingly, the three Luciano tracks are the album's highlights, in particular the beautiful "Come Away." Sizzla distinguishes himself with the surreal cultural dancehall workout "Render Your Heart," on which he lapses into a creepy falsetto on the chorus, while Anthony B. is at his best on the bracing "Bobo Dread" anthem "Bobo Cloth." Most of the rhythms come courtesy of the Firehouse Crew and are predictably hard and heavy. Recommended.

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