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Dutty Rock - Sean Paul
Member Name: paulhanton
Dutty Rock - Sean Paul
Advantages: Some really good tracks and remixes.
Disadvantages: A few tracks that just should not have been included.
Sean Paul - Dutty Rock
Twenty three tracks make up the 2nd album of Jamaican Dancehall come DJ, come rapper Sean Paul, his first album bombed.
Released in 2002 this album has made regular visits to my CD player, one or two tracks in particular. I am not going to review every track; rather I am going to 'highlight' the best tracks. Actually, there are quite a few very good tracks, so much so that SP could have easily left off the weaker tracks and the CD would still have been value for money.
There is a full track listing at the end of this review but here I am going to concentrate on some of the more memorable tracks. I am also going to be brutal and tell you what not to bother with.
3. Gimme the Light - Great beat, great vocal, absolutely stunning bass line backed up by good drum work. Great cross over between rap and dancehall, seems to owe a lot in my opinion to old style 'toasting'. The lyrics are definitely rap influenced. 7/10.
4. Like Glue - Much more dancehall proper, seriously filthy lyrics, though I doubt many white listeners will get it as it is mostly Jamaican patois. Some very tongue in cheek lyrics too. Great beat, brilliant structure and really makes the listener want to get up and dance. 8/10.
5. Get Busy - Absolutely great dancehall faster track, lyrics are a bit naff, but the beat and clapping to bring up the atmosphere really works. Very lively, big (ish) hit as a single too. 8/10.
10. I'm still in Love with you - Featuring Sasha, very much old style lovers rock with a real back beat that samples, or is at least similar to 'Up Town Top Rankin'. This is absolutely stunning as a track for me, can listen to it over and over, and often do. The mix of his lyrical waxing and the brilliantly silky vocal of Sasha is perfect. The use of trumpets and trombones in the background has a feel of early reggae or late ska, I cannot say how infectious this is. 10/10.
12. Can You Do the Work - Featuring Ce'cile, great song of sexual innuendo, very Jamaican, very much a call and response type song, it works. 8/10.
13. Punkie - What a great catchy song, all about unrequited love, cracking modern reggae beat. The lyrics are really quite amusing and contemporary, the beat infectious and the vocal is believable. 7/10.
17. Gimme The Light - This remix features Busta rhymes and in my opinion is actually better than the first version, much better. 9/10.
22. Punkie (Espanol) - Excellent, really works, SP singing away in Spanish, again, better than the first version. 8/10.
11. International Affair - Another song featuring a female vocalist, this time Debbie Nova, has that backing sound a bit like early style reggae, but not as good as track 10, it's alright though.
15. Jukin' Punny - Very lively in a DJ style, could see people dancing away to this, okay for its liveliness alone.
20. Esa Loca - Song about Jamaican gangsters and the link with Puerto Rica, different enough to be interesting.
23. Samfy - Quite a quirky offering with edgy keyboards and heavy bass n drum backing his vocal.
1. Intro - rubbish
2. Shout - Not a great opener, interesting Middle Eastern beats and flavour.
6. Top of The Game - This is all a bit too self indulgent for me and it does not even sound that good.
7. Police Skit - Quite funny on the first hearing, where he gets pulled up by the police, after the first time it is boring.
8. Ganja Breed - All about cannabis, there is a surprise, not very good to be honest, not when you put into the mix with other Jamaican singers such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh that paid much better homage to the weed through music.
9. Concrete - Just cannot get on with this track at all.
14. My Name - Just boring.
16. Uptown Haters Skit - Rubbish.
18. Bubble - Oh how awful, 'Shake your bubble gal', worse track on the whole CD.
19. Shake That Thing - The title says it all!
21. It's On - More rubbish I'm afraid.
So, we have eight very good tracks and four 'okay' tracks, why not stop there? This would be a decent album, but the other eleven tracks bring the level of the album down. That being said I am going to rate the whole album quite highly as there is enough material on here to make a purchase worthy, especially when £3 will secure it from Amazon.
Summary: Dutty Rock - Sean Paul