Wayne Wonder

Schizophrenic

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Wayne Wonder has long been one of the most talented and inventive singers on the dancehall scene; if his profile has remained relatively low (at least in the American reggae market), it's not because his skills or the rhythms provided him by various A-list producers are less than top-notch. Schizophrenic finds him continuing his exploration of R&B and hip hop-inflected reggae and also giving prominent play to his alter ego, the DJ Suprize. He plays both roles on the sultry and sexy "I Like the Way" and the sweetly tormented lover's lament "Easily Change"; on " Platinum Mall" he is joined by DJ Showki Ru, while he performs in combination with Spragga Benz on the surprisingly ho-hum "Just Might Squeeze." He's a bit off-key on "Who Give U the Right," but apart from those two missteps, most of this album is a fully satisfying effort from a prodigious young talent.

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