Various Artists

In The Belly of the Whale

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This 13-cut anthology featuring recent dancehall cuts includes both veterans and new challengers. The most notable entry from the venerable side is The Heptones, who reprise their signature song "The Book of Rules" in two settings; one teams them with toaster Shaka Shamba, who provides an entertaining if at times discursive monologue; the other doesn't have the riveting harmonies of the original, but does have an up-to-date musical framework. The great Sugar Minott displays his wonderful voice on "Rub-A-Dub Sound," smoothly mixing soulful urgency and sexual innuendo. Interesting newer acts include Baby Wayne, Glen Ricks, Sugar Black and Chopper. As with most anthologies, quality varies from track to track, but it's a good overview of contemporary dancehall.

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