Back to Basics

Back to Basics

by Beenie Man
     
 

Arguably the most popular dancehall performer since Shabba Ranks, Moses Davis a. k. a. Beenie Man has put six years between himself and the double-shot singles that minted his legend, "Who Am I" and "The Girls Dem Sugar." Back to Basics sports his most addictive single since: "Dude," featuring the vocoderized vocal of Ms. Thing and a relentless riddim that's See more details below

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Arguably the most popular dancehall performer since Shabba Ranks, Moses Davis a. k. a. Beenie Man has put six years between himself and the double-shot singles that minted his legend, "Who Am I" and "The Girls Dem Sugar." Back to Basics sports his most addictive single since: "Dude," featuring the vocoderized vocal of Ms. Thing and a relentless riddim that's ruled the charts in Jamaica. The aptly titled disc attempts to clear the slate for the Doctor, whose recent output has been messy with crossover attempts and self-indulgence, laser-focusing on hard dancehall tracks, produced by JA hitmakers Dave Kelly, Tony Kelly, Don Corleon, and Beenie himself. No reggae opera, no Spanish crooning, lullabies, cowboy yodels, or any other whimsies that Beenie fans have had to endure. Held up by the dancehall don's Hummer crash in Mandeville (he broke a few ribs and a collapsed lung required emergency surgery), the hotly anticipated Basics is sure to please Beenie's gal (and bwoy) massive.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The world became a better place when Beenie Man released "Dude," the steamy rump shaker with a sting in its tail that kicks off the man's return to dancehall, Back to Basics. The 99.9 percent dancehall album makes 2002's star-studded Tropical Storm sound like an overly planned showcase as it trades Janet Jackson and the Neptunes for Jimmy Cheeztrix and Steven "Lenky" Marsden. Sounds like a raw deal if you're all about pop, but when dancehall fans get to hear their hero sounding so comfortable and languid they really couldn't ask for more. You can fault the album for feeling much like a scattershot collection rather than a planned full-length, but forgiving the lack of structure of dancehall albums yields spontaneous rewards when you're dealing with a talent like Beenie. Take the compressed thumper "Dr. Know" -- a wild character that both the Detroit Grand Pubahs and Kool Keith wish they thought of -- or the hypnotic "Grindacologist" with its irresistible "left, right, left, right" hook and Yaz-styled keyboards. The real find is the impromptu acoustic jam "Back Against the Wall," a nearly roots number that's proof Beenie is a reggae genius to all those who can't say anything nice about synthetic ragga. The Timbaland-produced "All Girls Party" is the lone crossover attempt, and while it's topped by the album's Jamaican tracks, its frisky beat gives Beenie plenty of lyrical inspiration. R. Kelly is the only other singer who could deliver "take off your underwear" as convincingly as Beenie does on his excellent "King of the Dancehall" anthem, and when he mimics Yellowman's faux Chinese on "Love All Girls," it's an admirable nod to an obvious influence. Good to see the man moving away from just odes to booty with these little lyrical touches and the deep "Back Against the Wall," but he still nails the naughty numbers like he was born to strut. You really shouldn't be caught in the bedroom without a copy of "Dude," and with Beenie so glad to be home throughout the album, Back to Basics is a keeper.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724359517322
catalogNumber:
95173

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beenie Man   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kirk Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar   Drums
D. Thompson   Guitar
Kymberli Wright   Vocals
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Bass,Keyboards
Connie Campbell   Group Member
Maurice Gregory   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Althea Layne Hamilton   Harmony
Ms. Thing   Vocals
Daffadills   Harmony
Kymberli   Vocals
Jimmy Cheeztrix   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Kelly   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
R. Kelly   Composer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Composer
Dean Fraser   Harmonic Arrangement
Gregory Gordon   Engineer
Tony Kelly   Producer,Engineer
D. Kelly   Composer
Patrick Roberts   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Andrew Thomas   Engineer,Instrument Arrangement
Moses Davis   Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Composer,Producer
Shocking Vibes Crew   Arranger
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Timbaland   Producer,Audio Production
Sean Mosher-Smith   Art Direction
Patrick Moxey   Executive Producer
A. Thomas   Composer
Clyde McKenzie   Executive Producer
Troy Rami   Composer
Nathan Malki   Engineer
Chad Simpson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Cordell "Scatta" Burrell   Producer
Maurice Gregory   Composer
Everton "Eva" Burrell   Producer
Troyton Rami   Producer,Engineer
Steve Obas   Engineer
Gary "Sphinx" Samuels   Engineer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee   Producer

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