Book of Life

Book of Life

by I-Wayne
     
 

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At a time when dancehall dominates the reggae charts and singers and deejays alike tend to favor a harsh and gruff vocal delivery, I Wayne harks back to the days of sweet-voiced tenors like Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell. His lyrical subject matter is similarly old-school, and he focuses on roots-and-culture

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At a time when dancehall dominates the reggae charts and singers and deejays alike tend to favor a harsh and gruff vocal delivery, I Wayne harks back to the days of sweet-voiced tenors like Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell. His lyrical subject matter is similarly old-school, and he focuses on roots-and-culture concerns in a mostly upbeat and hopeful style. His second album features rhythms in a variety of styles, and finds him paired with a nice assortment of deejays -- most of them impressive (note in particular Icoflamez's excellent performance on the one-drop anthem "Annihilation") and a few of them less so (in particular the awful Iniball on "Could a Never"). Unlike some modern reggae artists, I Wayne is actually at his best when he focuses on the reggae verities and steers clear of experimentation; the lovely "Free the People" makes excellent use of a vintage reggae rhythm, and the album's highlight is a bouncy combination track with Deva Brat on which both singer and deejay dance lightly over a tense high-tempo rocker's beat. When he explores funky non- reggae sounds, as on the album-closing "Natural Ites," the results are less compelling. Recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645179829
catalogNumber:
1798
Rank:
108329

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

I-Wayne   Primary Artist
David Simmons   Musician
Ansel Collins   Keyboards
Donald Dennis   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Bongo Herman   Percussion
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Chinna Smith   Guitar
Brian Fontenelle   Guitar
Aubry Mannings   Drums
Howard Mannings   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Densil Pinnock   Composer
Nigel Burrell   Engineer
Patrick Henry   Audio Production
Kerry DeBruce   Art Direction
Sherry Williams   Audio Production
Patrick Henry   Producer
Don Corleone   Producer,Audio Production
John "FX" Crawford   Audio Production
Ricardo "Humphry" Tickersgill   Audio Production
Robert Mias   Audio Production
Dwight Heslop   Audio Production
Cliffroy "I-Wayne" Taylor   Audio Production
Imran "Fire Peter" Passard   Audio Production
Richard "Baby Lion Face" Thoma   Audio Production
Paul "JJ" Stephenson   Audio Production
Garfield McKenzie   Audio Production
Michael "Mighty Mike" Jones   Audio Production
Billy Zee Clarke   Audio Production
Richard Mahabeer   Audio Production

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