For those who can't attend Trinidad's annual carnival, the Soca Gold series offers another way to enjoy the legendary revelry. Soca Gold 2002 delivers ample vicarious excitement. Starting with 2002 Road March winner Naya George, who belts out the infectious opening track, "Trinidad," with the Invasion Band, the tone is set for non-stop partying. From South South West's playfully suggestive "Thelma" to Rupee's freewheeling delivery on "Blame It (On de Music)" to Lovey's determinedly naughty "Bitein Incex (We Love De)," all of the bases are covered. Despite the appearance of 2002 Soca Monarch winner Iwer George with the carnival anthem "Gimme ah Bligh," the album standout is Krosfyah with the hip-winding "I Doubt."
AllMusic Review by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates