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Boombastic is the third album by the reggae artist, Orville Richard Burrell. He is best known by his stage name Shaggy. Once did military service with the United States Marine Corps and eventually got the inspiration for some of his music. So far in Shaggy's music career, there have been two commercial highlights, the first is the title track of this album, Boombastic and the other is his later hit in 2000 called It Wasn't Me. This was one of his first highlights and I think it's helped Shaggy build a foundation for constant success.
I think the album is really good and I would consider it to be a classic. I mainly listen to the album for the title track, but I do think the album is good on shuffle. I like reggae music like this because it's so fun to listen to and it's catchy which makes it very strong. The album wreaks of good party beats and even though it's very upbeat it is very smooth that make sit sound very laid back and relaxing. The overall production of the album I think it's very slick and has Shaggy's distinctive style in all of the tracks. They particularly stand out when he raps. I found that everything was really well written.
One flaw about the album for me is that I will only ever remember one song. Boombastic, the track is a classic. I've listened to it hundreds of times during my lifetime and I will never get tired of it. It has that old school sound to it and that great sensational grove that the other tracks sadly lack. Even though I liked all of the tracks and I don't really have anything bad to say about them, I don't think I will remember them so it makes the whole album sound lackluster compared to the leading single. So what I am trying to say is that this is a great album, but they don't all give the same effect as Boombastic.
One song I can really relate to from this album is Why You Treat Me So Bad? The lyrics tell a story about a lover feeling ignored and I've kinda been feeling like that in my relationship. But it's also a very catchy and has a nice bassline. I can't help but feel they had a sample of some of the super Mario sound effects that's meant to sound like a vinyl scratch. Again it has a very awesome vintage reggae style.
Gal Yu A Pepper is so random. I'm trying to understand the song but the pace is too face and the beat is really bizarre. Forgive Them Father sounds quite angry and it sounds like accordions in the background. However these and the rest of the album show wonderful cultural influences which gives it a true Jamaican feeling to the music.
Overall, I think that the title track, Boombastic will last through the ages, but I think the album will be overshadowed by the actual song. But I would say it's worth giving a spin as you can get it pretty cheaply at the moment. I enjoyed the album and it makes me want to listen to more of his albums.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 In The Summertime
3 Something Different
4 Forgive Them Father
5 Heartbreak Suzie
6 Finger Smith
7 Why You Treat Me So Bad
8 Woman A Pressure
9 Train Is Coming
10 Island Lover
11 Day Oh
13 How Much More
14 Gal You A Peppe