Manchester's drum'n'bass man, A Guy Called Gerald (also known as Gerald Simpson), last appeared in 1995 with the Black Street Technology album. After that, he toured and worked on a new album, Essence, released in mid-August of 2000. The album features guest appearances from David Simpson (who serves up the only big doozer on the album), Lady Kier (Dee-Lite), Louise Rhodes (Lamb), and Wendy Page (UK songwriter). Though his solo tracks are fine compositions, its when Gerald mixes the dark drum'n'bass beats with sultry elements and star female vocals, does his production come alive and the album become worthwhile.
AllMusic Review by Diana Potts