Crying to the Nation

Crying to the Nation

by I-Octane
     
 
One of the most common mistakes reggae artists have historically made is that of overproducing: the minute it becomes clear that they're capable of making hit songs, they immediately embark on a three-albums-a-year regimen that leaves them spent and the public fatigued. I-Octane (ha) has wisely bided his time. Despite a string of hit singles

Overview

One of the most common mistakes reggae artists have historically made is that of overproducing: the minute it becomes clear that they're capable of making hit songs, they immediately embark on a three-albums-a-year regimen that leaves them spent and the public fatigued. I-Octane (ha) has wisely bided his time. Despite a string of hit singles over the past several years, Crying to the Nation is his first full-length album, and it's a solid winner. A variety of Jamaican producers provide a range of rhythms and textures for him to sing over, most of them on the funky but gentle side; his voice is pleasing and his messages consistently uplifting. Although he seems to depend on Auto-Tune a bit more than one might wish, he uses it more subtly than many of his colleagues do, and although he sometimes gets perilously close to the nasal pseudo-gospel whine that makes so many of his roots-and-culture colleagues so hard to listen to, he never crosses the line -- and his ability to jump from crooning to singjay toasting within the space of a beat is both impressive and fun. The songs are consistently strong, but particular highlights include "Zion Awaits" and the affecting "Lose a Friend." There are fine cameo appearances from Alborosie, Tarrus Riley, and the excellent deejay Agent Sasco. And he gets an extra half-star for including not a single skit on the program.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645196123
catalogNumber:
1961
Rank:
92653

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

I-Octane   Primary Artist
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Dean Fraser   Horn
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Eric Jensen   Musician
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Robert Browne   Guitar
Roland McDermott   Background Vocals
Althea Layne Hamilton   Background Vocals
Aeion Hoilett   Bass
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Guitar
Ernesto Mitchell   Musician
Linton "T.J" White   Musician
Christopher Martin   Background Vocals
Andrew Marsh   Keyboard Overdubs
Chevaughn Clayton   Background Vocals
Kevon Webster   Keyboards
Stephanie Wallace   Background Vocals
David Hayle   Musician
Jordan McClure   Musician
Michael "Box Lunch" Howell   Background Vocals
Sherieta Lewis   Background Vocals
Brian Thompson   Background Vocals
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Keyboards
Nicole Burt   Background Vocals
Richard "Richie Loops" Webb   Vocals
Paul "Father P" Mitchell   Musician
Mark Collinder   Musician
Paul "Cash Flow" Mitchell   Musician
Shaun Chablal   Musician
Althea Hamilton   Background Vocals
Kamal Evans   Background Vocals
Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred   Bass,Keyboards
Oral Brown   Drums
Emogen "Blakness" Creese   Background Vocals
Padraic   Guitar
Sean "Seanizzle" Reid   Musician
Ian Holmes   Musician
Nicole Bart   Background Vocals
Shawn Dawson   Drums

Technical Credits

O. Brown   Composer
Dalton Browne   Composer
Dean Fraser   Producer
Eric Jensen   Composer
Robert Livingston   Producer,Executive Producer
Christopher Birch   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Nigel Staff   Composer
Roland McDermott   Engineer
Aeion Hoilett   Composer
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Composer
Alberto D'Ascola   Composer
Kevon Webster   Composer
Andre "DJ Frass" Gordon   Producer
David Hayle   Producer
Jordan McClure   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Richard Thomas   Engineer
Michael "Box Lunch" Howell   Engineer
D. Fraser   Composer
Andre Fennell   Composer,Programming
C. Dillon-EL   Composer
M. Fletcher   Composer
R. Livingston   Composer
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Composer
J. Campbell   Composer
L. White   Composer
T. Riley   Composer
Byiome Muir   Composer,Executive Producer
Richard "Richie Loops" Webb   Engineer
Paul "Father P" Mitchell   Composer
Paul "Cash Flow" Mitchell   Producer,Engineer
Shaun Chablal   Composer,Producer
Kamal Evans   Engineer
Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
G. Bernard   Composer
Sean "Seanizzle" Reid   Producer,Engineer
Ian Holmes   Composer
Sound Ponies   Producer
Tovel McLean   drum programming
Fabian McLean   drum programming
Shawn Dawson   Composer

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