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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The violent and senseless death of South African reggae star Lucky Dubé in late 2007 was not only a horrible tragedy for his family and friends; it also left a hole in the reggae firmament where once there had been a soaringly beautiful voice with a perfect (if rather repetitious) sense of pop hooks. Duane Stephenson doesn't fill that hole perfectly, nor would listeners want him to, but his singing does provide some of the same cathartic rush that Dubé's did, and on his solo debut (his first album since leaving his post as lead singer for To-Isis) he brings a variety of stylistic influences to bear on what amounts to a really rather unique take on modern roots reggae. His...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The violent and senseless death of South African reggae star Lucky Dubé in late 2007 was not only a horrible tragedy for his family and friends; it also left a hole in the reggae firmament where once there had been a soaringly beautiful voice with a perfect (if rather repetitious) sense of pop hooks. Duane Stephenson doesn't fill that hole perfectly, nor would listeners want him to, but his singing does provide some of the same cathartic rush that Dubé's did, and on his solo debut (his first album since leaving his post as lead singer for To-Isis) he brings a variety of stylistic influences to bear on what amounts to a really rather unique take on modern roots reggae. His debt to Dubé is most clearly evident on "Misty Morning," "August Town," and the lovely "Heaven Will Rise Up." But on "Ghetto Pain" and several other tracks, the combination of rockish guitars and reggae rhythms makes for a fresh sound, and every once in a while he departs from reggae entirely, as on the explicitly soul-derived "Exhale" and the R&B exercise "I Don't Need Your Love" (neither of which is that great, frankly). There are a few other clunkers, including the plodding rockers exercise "Love inna di City," which neither Anthony B. nor Mystic Routes is able to energize. But the nice thing about a program this lengthy is that only about half of it needs to be great in order for it to offer good value for the money -- and more than half of this disc is great.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645234726
  • Catalog Number: 2347

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ghetto Pain (4:13)
  2. 2 Misty Morning (5:42)
  3. 3 Love Inna di City - Mystic Routes (4:05)
  4. 4 Fairy Tale (3:53)
  5. 5 Cottage in Negril (4:02)
  6. 6 Exhale (4:36)
  7. 7 I Don't Need Your Love (4:11)
  8. 8 Without You (3:26)
  9. 9 August Town (5:23)
  10. 10 Chant Love (4:08)
  11. 11 Mr. B (4:45)
  12. 12 Heaven Will Rise Up (4:37)
  13. 13 One Great World (4:07)
  14. 14 Dream Weaver (4:16)
  15. 15 Fool for You (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duane Stephenson Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Williams [composer] Violin
Glen Browne Bass, Bass Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums
Michael Fletcher Organ, Bass, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Dean Fraser Horn, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Wayne Hammond Guitar
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Bass Guitar
Christopher Birch Organ, Horn, Keyboards
Nikki Burt Background Vocals
Rochell Bradshaw Background Vocals
Chris Smith Background Vocals
John Williams Violin
Paul "Scooby" Smith Keyboards
Kirk Bennett Drums
Althea Layne Hamilton Background Vocals
Carol McLaughlin Organ, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Aeion Hoilett Bass, Bass Guitar
Glene Browne Bass Guitar
Davol Fletcher Bass Guitar
Carrol Dexter Background Vocals
Shenda Sharpe Background Vocals
Ras Ites Drums
Alvin Haugton Percussion
Mark Dauson Drums
Shaun Stewart Drums
Karell Wisdom Background Vocals
Sherida Sharpe Background Vocals
Randevon Patrick Drums
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar Drums
Technical Credits
Dean Fraser Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Joel Chin Mastering
Paul Shields Mastering
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Ronnie Dividson Art Direction
ONeil Smith Engineer
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