Greensleeves Reggae Sampler, Vol. 23 is yet another in the endless series of reggae samplers released by Greensleeves Records. They are always very accurate in gauging what reggae and dancehall songs are popular at the moment, and this edition is no exception. Big club hits from Elephant Man, Shabba Ranks, Luciano, Capleton, Ward 21, and several others are featured, although most of these songs will be unfamiliar to those outside of the scene. As is the case with just about any reggae release from this time, the songs and artists can be very hard to tell apart. A few songs benefit from hip-hop influences that distinguish them just enough to keep them memorable, but the overall generic cadence and sound are still present in those tracks. Genre fans may want this to collect the singles featured here, but this probably won't be of interest to very many outside of the fan base.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano