Various Artists

Kings of Zion

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Sort of a sampler from Jet Star Records, Kings of Zion presents four songs each by Jamaican sing-jays Capleton, Sizzla, Anthony B., and Junior Kelly. All four have hard-edged, abrasive, chanting styles set over dancehall rhythms, but they generally eschew the slack themes so common to the genre for more Rasta-influenced subject matter. Their similar approaches and deliveries give this disc a surprising cohesiveness, but don't mistake this collection for anything more than an introduction to these dancehall stars. Junior Kelly's "Can We Meet" stands out here because its pop-heavy, melodic feel (with just a hint of doo wop) sounds downright radical in the context of this album.

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