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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having been the reigning queen of socially conscious reggae since she debuted in 2008, Etana continues to evolve on her third official full-length, the 2013 release Better Tomorrow. Rather than use the usual reggae album construction style --totally new tracks combined with some new songs performed over familiar "riddims" -- this ambitious effort is almost entirely new, with the singer's backing band (honest to goodness, not a hired studio crew) free to explore the groove as long as it's fruitful. A great example is the key cut "Reggae," a love song ("You're just like reggae, you hit me like a drum/Reggae, play chords and I will strum") that travels from enraptured to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having been the reigning queen of socially conscious reggae since she debuted in 2008, Etana continues to evolve on her third official full-length, the 2013 release Better Tomorrow. Rather than use the usual reggae album construction style --totally new tracks combined with some new songs performed over familiar "riddims" -- this ambitious effort is almost entirely new, with the singer's backing band (honest to goodness, not a hired studio crew) free to explore the groove as long as it's fruitful. A great example is the key cut "Reggae," a love song ("You're just like reggae, you hit me like a drum/Reggae, play chords and I will strum") that travels from enraptured to blissful to fulfilled, all with the band responding, taking a firm groove and breaking it down to a loose, reverb-heavy dub. Then there's the mighty and organic "Queen," which interpolates Bob Marley's "Concrete Jungle" for the modern female, but it's the smooth songs that really shine, as easy, breezy numbers like "Beautiful Day" are anchored by the authentic slow strut of a live band. With a full-bodied chorus behind her, the powerful worship number "The Prayer" could be mistaken for mainland gospel if Jah weren't mentioned; then there's the closing title track, which winds and jumps with that live band feel and comes off as a reggae/pop
ock combination of Paul Simon during his Graceland era, Damian Marley on one of his more epic songs, and the Police right around Synchronicity. The genre-jumping and live playing deserve some focus because they're new, but Etana's gift for empowering songwriting that poetically advocates high self-esteem and makes the modern everyday struggle sound valiant is as strong as ever. Topping it all off with an intro that's one part Fugees and one part poetry slam is like the icing on the cake, and if Better Tomorrow doesn't give up the usual amount of hit singles for Etana, it is still her most accomplished and well-designed album to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2013
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645195027
  • Catalog Number: 1950
  • Sales rank: 46,324

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spoken Soul (4:40)
  2. 2 Queen (4:41)
  3. 3 Reggae (5:50)
  4. 4 Beautiful Day (4:20)
  5. 5 All I Need (4:56)
  6. 6 Whole New World (4:44)
  7. 7 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over) (5:18)
  8. 8 Silly (4:25)
  9. 9 Till You Get Old (Life's Gift) (5:46)
  10. 10 The Prayer (4:14)
  11. 11 Strongest (5:32)
  12. 12 Be Alright (Interlude) (2:09)
  13. 13 Smile (4:59)
  14. 14 Better Tomorrow (7:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etana Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Michael McGraw Vocals
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Nikki Burt Background Vocals
Kirk Bennett Drums
Denise Weeks Background Vocals
Aeion Hoilett Bass
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory Guitar
Chevaughn Clayton Background Vocals
Kevon Webster Keyboards
Jr. Al Cruz Keyboards, Background Vocals
Shereita Lewis Background Vocals
Dane Bogle Vocals
Gemma Lotfian Vocals
Clarence Leggett Background Vocals
Jesse Adelman Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Shane Brown Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
S. Brown Composer
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Kirk Bennett Composer
Neil "Diamond" Edwards Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Max "Mad Max" Castor Vocal Arrangements
Louis Raffington Art Direction
Chris Scott Mastering
Aeion Hoilett Composer
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory Composer
Stanley "Rellee" Hayden Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Kevon Webster Composer
K. Bennett Composer
C. McDonald Composer
Jr. Al Cruz Composer, Engineer
S. McKenzie Composer
F. Baskett Composer
Shane C. Brown Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Michael Howell Engineer
Jesse Adelman Composer, Engineer
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