Thursday, February 5, 2015

CD Review: Sizzla's 'Born A King'

Born A King
Muti Music

Jamaican-reggae at its best would not be the best without the vocals of Sizzla and his edgy, groove-laden, and funky little band. The big sound steeped in dubby grooves, staccato beats, and throaty vocals makes Born A King fit for everyone. There is an element of hip-hop, urban, dancehall, and soul music. There are even electronic gurgles, tones, and reverberations that keep the sound fresh and contemporary. The sound would not be complete without the talents of Errol Dunkley, Vida-Sunshyne, Turbulence, and Alton Ellis. Sizzla brings a heavier, more urban-driven sound to the reggae market, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Still, fans of more innovative reggae with urban beats will find it most satisfying. ~ Matthew Forss

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