Beenie Man

The Magnificent

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Give Beenie Man credit -- he keeps moving on. Just because he's one of the stars of dancehall doesn't mean he's rested on his laurels. Instead, for The Magnificent he's brought in plenty of new beats and continues to strip his sound to a minimum while keeping plenty of humor; "Tom Bully," for example, uses the first four notes of The Addams Family theme as its melodic line, while another borrows from a TV western. But always at the center is the man himself. Of course there's plenty of braggadocio to tracks like "The Magnificent Beenie Man," "The Greatest," and "Do the Bennie Shuffle," but often his tongue is planted firmly in his cheek, too. He can get more serious, as on "Follow Mi Lyrics" or "Murder," and on "Mocking Bird Song" he flirts with singing and melody without ever firmly grasping either, but still offering something quite irresistible. Produced by Bunny Lee, this is an album that pushes Beenie Man back to the forefront of dancehall artists.

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