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Maverick a Strike was released in the summer of 1997 and it summed up that summer really, with the marvellous Sunday Shining providing a cool and sultry soundtrack to the summer. Finlay Quaye himself was quite odd, a Scottish Ghanaian with a penchant for lazy lyrics and reggae, he seemed to be enjoying his life as a pop star and it might be that his enjoyment possibly pushed itself too far and he didn't really produce too much more after this. I found my copy of this album the other day and had a listen to it, I bought this when CD's were full price and do remember that there were only 3 or 4 songs that I really enjoyed, i'm not sure if it was because I was a massive fan of Tricky (Allegedly Quay's nephew) who he had a massive feud with, or simply because it wasn't a great album, listening to it again with no affiliations I think its a 3 out of 5, its by no means a classic and has two excellent songs, quite a few good ones and a bit of filler. The best song is Quayes reworking of Bob Marleys 'Sun is Shining' which he turned into a massive hit, it allows Finlay Quaye to hit some interesting high notes and use the slide guitar and horn arrangements that Marley never did to give it an uplifting and summery feel, as well as being a bit trippy in keeping with the musical styles of the day. Other standout songs included 'Even After All' where Quaye seems to take twenty seconds to complete each words, but it works and comes across as a hugely chilled entertaining song, other than that the only songs I can really recommend are 'Your Love Gets Sweeter' which is a nice enjoyable song with an awesome chorus, it is melodic and has a summery, upbeat feel again, but the trouble with seasonal music it is doesn't last. 'Ride on and turn the people on' has some cool hammond organ on it and 'Ultra Stimulation' sounds trippy like Leftfield and other dance acts of the time. Overall this album is dancey, catchy, quite trippy and good fun, but it isn't one of my favourite albums and nowhere near a 5 out of 5 song, if the songs could keep up with the best 3, then this could have been awesome!! 1. Ultra Stimulation 2. It's Great When We're Together 3. Sunday Shining 4. Even After All 5. Ride On And Turn The People On 6. The Way Of The Explosive 7. Your Love Gets Sweeter 8. Supreme I Preme 9. Sweet And Loving Man 10. Red Rolled And Seen 11. Falling 12. I Need A Lover 13. Maverick A Strike Availability: You'll find this cd in most decent music stores, it can be bought on Amazon for £3.97 but you can get it for a minimal price on Amazon Marketplace or Ebay, you can also download it via Amazon and Itunes.
Maverick a Strike Finley Quaye (1997) I cannot believe that this album is over a decade old, OMG. This was Quaye's debut album, and it got a MOBO to my recollection or at the very least a nomination. I was blown away by a couple of songs on this album, and when recently transferring my CD collection to iTunes (nearly done, then I start on my wife's CD's) I thought I would simply transfer all the tracks over, then thought; actually I had better listen to them again. It is a good job I did, because I have to say, a few have not aged very well at all, this surprises me as I remember really liking this. ~~The songs~~ 1. Ultra Stimulation Very dub style though a somewhat disjointed song that does little as an opener. His vocals are not easy on this; the bassline does not fit with the other instruments. A poor choice of opening track. 2/10. 2. It's Great When We're Together A very strange song that does not know if it wants to be soul, slow funk or reggae, sorry Finley, another non keeper, 2/10. 3. Sunday Shining From the initial guitar riff and indie come reggae (really) intro, this song leaps out and grabs me by the wotsits. This song has some good lyrics, some good structure, some good vocals and the music itself is stonking. The chorus is catchy if a little nonsensical. This really is good, I love this. 9/10. 4. Even After All A great, lazy ballad that just smacks of summer evenings, a hint of the Style Council mixed with Bob Marley. I absolutely love the intro, lazy guitar sent through a synth machine. His vocals here are really, really cool and clear. Some of the lyrics are a little nonsensical, but you know what, I don't care, this song is almost too cool to be real, probably the 2nd best song on the album, another just pips it, read on, 9/10. 5. Ride on and Turn the People On Another funk come reggae come gawd knows what, hate it. 0/10. 6. The Way of the Explosive Lovely dub bassline on this track that if you play it loud makes your chest hurt, fantastic. This is Quaye getting into some roots, Burning Spear style and it is excellent, he should do more of this. 8/10. 7. Your Love Gets Sweeter - Finley Quaye, Now then, the best song on the album. From the first ska/reggae intro it has an up tempo feel that is just sooooooo infectious. His singing sounds joyous and you know this is just as perfect a 'love song' as there is. It is simple, it is not too sloppy, it is heartfelt. Then when he 'toasts' it is just perfect, I always, always sing along to this, much to my wife's chagrin. I am sure some people will find this song a little superficial, get over yourself, it's great. 10/10. 8. Supreme I Preme Interesting song, doesn't mean it is good, just interesting, all echoes and distant vocals. 3/10. 9. Sweet and Loving Man More like old style lovers rock mixed with some dub roots, not too good, too complex, though it probably sounds good acoustically. 3/10. 10. Red Rolled and Seen Bit of an African influence in this dub style song, good, but never really goes anywhere, bit too much of a 'background theme for me. 3/10. 11. Falling More of an R&B beat to this than we have heard before, but some really strange use of vocals that make this song all wrong. 1/10. 12. I Need a Lover Very slow and lazy, has an almost psychedelic feel about it, but again, he seems to be experimenting just that tad too much, like the last track, this does not work at all. 1/10. 13. Maverick a Strike For the title track you would hope to get a good song. It is a good song, but it aint great. Again we have an African influence and musically it is pretty nice, I could listen to the backing all day, but I just don't get it with his vocals, we know he can sing so why try so hard not to here? 2/10. ~~~Finally~~~ Not the best album in the World, four tracks make it as 'keepers'. This is the thing that I don't understand about this album. On many albums there is one or two great tracks, a fair few good tracks, some 'okay' tracks and a couple of howlers. On this album there are four cracking tracks, and naff all else of note. Anyway, I have transferred those four to iTunes and I would certainly recommend people downloading those, apart from that, don't bother.
This is the debut album from Trickys nephew Finlay Quaye and includes the excellent singles Sunday Shining, Even After All and Your Love Gets Sweeter. The album is a mix of reggae styles and indie, mixed with a little brit pop, spiced with bass lines here and there. It actually doesn't work at all for 30-50% of the album and so you will find yourself skipping tracks. But for the areas where it does work it works extremely well, and you can't help but like it.
Finley Quaye's debut album was well recieved in the music press when it was released in 1997. I remember a lot of music critics singing it's praises and it was well deserved. It opens with the dub/reggae sound of 'Ultra Stimulation' and this sets the pace for the rest of the album. Quaye is heavily influenced by reggae. But other styles mingle into the songs. "Sunday Shining" is a little more guitar based. 'It's Great When We're Together" is extremely soulful and this track is where Quaye's voice really stands out the most. 'Your Love Gets Sweeter' has a bluegrass/cajun sound and other songs delve into hip hop with very heavy bass, calypso and instrumentals with excellent percussion. The lyrics were a bit dull in places but the stunning music makes up for that. All in all this album has a nice mix of 3 or 4 styles of music. If you like different styles of music and great tunes I'd recommend this. But if you don't like reggae much, I'd steer clear, as despite varied style reggae really is the backbone of this record. One track is in fact a reworked cover version of a Bob Marley song. I'm looking forward to hearing the next album - from the first single 'Spiritualized' it sounds like he's taken a more guitar based sound.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Ultra Stimulation
2 It's Great When We're Together
3 Sunday Shining
4 Even After All
5 Ride On And Turn The People On
6 Way Of The Explosive
7 Your Love Gets Sweeter
8 Supreme I Preme
9 Sweet And Loving Man
10 Red Rolled And Seen
12 I Need A Lover
13 Maverick A Strike