Choices

Choices

by Gyptian
     
 
Capitalizing on his 2010 international breakthrough that saw Hold You's title track reach the Billboard Hot 100 and U.K. Top 20, Jamaican roots reggae vocalist Gyptian's earlier and less-familiar output is given a mainstream push with this Kingston Records compilation, Choices. Just as much of a showcase for

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Capitalizing on his 2010 international breakthrough that saw Hold You's title track reach the Billboard Hot 100 and U.K. Top 20, Jamaican roots reggae vocalist Gyptian's earlier and less-familiar output is given a mainstream push with this Kingston Records compilation, Choices. Just as much of a showcase for Kemar "Flava" McGregor as it is for the permanently relaxed vocalist himself (only material featuring his production makes the cut, hence the omission of anthems "Serious Times" and "Beautiful Lady"), its 17 tracks might not paint the full picture of his five-year career, but it still manages to showcase his authentic blend of laid-back riddims, lovers rock melodies, and socially conscious lyrics. There are 11 songs plucked from 2006 debut My Name Is Gyptian, the highlights of which are the heartfelt ballad "Beng Beng," an emotive call for Jamaican gunmen to lay down their arms; the similarly themed gospel-tinged "Stop the Fussing and the Fighting"; and the Alton Ellis-sampling collaboration with Roundhead, "Through the Valley." But the five contributions from 2008 sophomore album I Can Feel Your Pain are what appear to have sown the seeds for his later commercial breakthrough, as he fuses the sounds of his hometown with R&B ("More Love"), acoustic soul ("Keep You Calm"), and tribal pop ("More Money"). His 2010 third effort, Revelations, is badly under-represented, with his faithful cover version of Israel Vibration's "Rudeboy Shuffling" the only contribution, ensuring that the compilation is fairly redundant for anyone who owns his first two records. Indeed, it's hard to see who Choices is supposed to appeal to, as there's nothing new for longtime fans, while those who have only recently succumbed to his charms on the back of his hit single will be disappointed to learn that very little here is similar to its bouncy dancehall sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2011
Label:
Kingston Records
UPC:
0184554151125
catalogNumber:
1511

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