Dennis Brown

Musical Heatwave

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Dennis Brown was one of the few traditional reggae singers who was able to move relatively easily into the post-1984 dancehall reggae scene, with its emphasis on electronics and rap-like rhythms. Given that Brown's singing style was a bit more rooted in American R&B than many Jamaican singers, it was a fairly comfortable fit. As a matter of fact, it's arguable that the 'The Crown Prince of Reggae' did his best work in this newer style.

Certainly 1993's MUSICAL HEATWAVE is a classic of the genre, with Brown's amazing voice riding comfortably over the chattering sequencers and electronic percussion. There's more emphasis on soul than most dancehall reggae, which often sounds pretty wimpy to fans of traditional 1970s-style reggae. These 24 songs, including a handful of reworks of R&B classics like Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't Do It," are a prime introduction to both the artist and the style.

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