Various Artists

Tsunami [2005]

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The Icy Cold label is something of a family affair, having been founded by two of the offspring of reggae legend Judy Mowatt (who was herself one of the I-Threes, Bob Marley's backing trio). This one-rhythm album features an impressive assortment of dancehall stars and young up-and-comers, including Septakhan (another of Mowatt's children), Shema (daughter of Freddie McGregor), Vybz Cartel, C'ecile, and Yami Bolo. How interesting you find all of the family connections will depend, in large part, on how much you know and care about old-school roots reggae, but how much you enjoy the music will be much more a function of your feelings for modern dancehall. The "Tsunami" rhythm offers a nice balance between delicate sonic elements (synthesized acoustic guitar, gentle handclaps) and a firmly bouncing rhythmic foundation, and it elicits impressive performances from Septakhan and from the ubiquitous Vybz Cartel, though top honors go to Danny English, whose "She's in Love with Me" features some of the smoothest-flowing chatting of the album. Elsewhere Major Damage tells you, at length, about how much the girls love his Rolex (whoo hoo) and C'ecile gets deeply catty with a romantic rival on "Dear Simone." Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:57
2
4:02
3
4:06
4
3:43
5
3:20
6
4:02
7
3:53
8
4:08
9
3:17
10
3:57
11
3:30
12
2:58
13
4:01
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