Intoxication

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Shaggy's 2005 effort Clothes Drop was widely ignored in the States and only semi-accepted in the U.K. and Europe. In Jamaica and Japan, however, the album had serious legs, carrying the dancehall singer's career all the way to 2007 and the release of the "Church Heathen" single. Seeing as how his most supportive territories were Jamaica -- the home of it all -- and Japan -- where they'll take their dancehall straight, no R&B chaser required -- it made perfect sense for Shaggy to deliver a JA flavored tune featuring Jamaican Patois and references for the dancehall literate. That tune, "Church Heathen," took the dancehall world by storm, re-established the singer's ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Shaggy's 2005 effort Clothes Drop was widely ignored in the States and only semi-accepted in the U.K. and Europe. In Jamaica and Japan, however, the album had serious legs, carrying the dancehall singer's career all the way to 2007 and the release of the "Church Heathen" single. Seeing as how his most supportive territories were Jamaica -- the home of it all -- and Japan -- where they'll take their dancehall straight, no R&B chaser required -- it made perfect sense for Shaggy to deliver a JA flavored tune featuring Jamaican Patois and references for the dancehall literate. That tune, "Church Heathen," took the dancehall world by storm, re-established the singer's footing in the U.K., and began to make an impact in the States towards the end of the 2007. That the U.S. would even pay attention is the biggest surprise since insider lyrics like "She a do the dutty dance to the Matterhorn song/And a say she get the ting them from Baby Cham" are hardly the stuff of "It Wasn't Me" or even his breakthrough hit "Oh Carolina." Still, the single has a riddim that's infectious, a Gregorian chant inspired chorus that's very clever, plus Shaggy in top form, pointing out all the pious church-goers he deals with back home with his usual crafty slang and humor. While the album his worldwide comeback hit lands on isn't totally without its crossover material -- "What's Love" with Akon being the best example -- Shaggy is more discerning than ever and makes sure the radio-friendly material is right in line with his skill set. The breezy "Bonafide Girl" with Rik Rok brings welcome reminders of their "It Wasn't Me" interplay, and while "Out of Control" could have come straight from the house of Jermaine Dupri, it's R&B-meets-dancehall stance feels natural, not forced. Even better are the tracks that fall firmly in the dancehall category. Besides the glorious "Heathen" there's the opening "Can't Hold Me," which finds the gruff vocalist working his quick delivery over a wonderfully crooked ragga beat. Conscious reggae, Sizzla, Shaggy, and Collie Buddz all make "Mad Mad World" a standout while "Wear di Crown" with Mischieve boldly declares itself "Big Yard Music" at the start and then delivers. With Intoxication, Shaggy has once again found that perfect balance of slick and streetwise, and added career-defining single number three as the cherry on top.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645179324
  • Catalog Number: 1793
  • Sales rank: 115,833

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Hold Me (2:37)
  2. 2 Bonafide Girl - Rik Rok (3:36)
  3. 3 Intoxication (3:31)
  4. 4 Those Days - Na'sha (3:22)
  5. 5 More Woman (3:38)
  6. 6 Woman Scorn - Na'sha (3:12)
  7. 7 Mad, Mad World - Sizzla Kaionji (3:50)
  8. 8 Out of Control (3:26)
  9. 9 Church Heathen (4:06)
  10. 10 Wear di Crown - Mischieve (2:29)
  11. 11 Criteria (3:42)
  12. 12 Body a Shake (3:17)
  13. 13 What's Love - Akon (3:06)
  14. 14 Holla at You (3:28)
  15. 15 All About Love (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shaggy Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Michael Fletcher Bass, Bass Guitar, Musician
Tony Gold Background Vocals
Robert Livingston Guitar, Musician
Christopher Birch Keyboards
Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia Guitar
Robert Browne Guitar, Musician
Akon Background Vocals
Maurice Gregory Musician
Na'sha Background Vocals
Kimberly Lee Background Vocals
Rik Rok Background Vocals
Collie Buddz Background Vocals
Sizzla Kalonji Background Vocals
Tony "CD" Kelly Keyboards
Kimberly Lee Background Vocals
Andrew H. Bassford Guitar
Technical Credits
Desmond Dekker Composer
Robert Livingston Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Gene Raskin Composer
Christopher Birch Audio Production
Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia Audio Production
Paul Shields Mastering
Orville Burrell Composer
Claude "Weakhand" Reynolds Engineer
Stephen Siravo Jr. Engineer
Andrew Thielk Engineer
Olivier Chastan Marketing
Andre "Goldenchyl" Fennell Audio Production
Tony "CD" Kelly Audio Production
Dwayne Shippy Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dance Halls Finest

    This is good old dance hall music at it's best.

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