Lava Ground

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The tide of taste in Jamaica is finally beginning to turn away from hard, hip-hop-derived beats and violent, slack lyrics and toward rootsier and more organic rhythms. The timing couldn't have been better for the young I Wayne, whose voice is one of the sweetest, most natural-sounding instruments to appear on the reggae scene since Johnny Clarke was recording for Bunny Lee, and whose preoccupations are the same as those that informed the best music of the roots era: the divinity of Haile Selassie, the wickedness of Babylon, the perfidy of women. Those themes don't always lead to edifying lyrics, but they do tend to inspire deeply satisfying grooves. His debut album is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The tide of taste in Jamaica is finally beginning to turn away from hard, hip-hop-derived beats and violent, slack lyrics and toward rootsier and more organic rhythms. The timing couldn't have been better for the young I Wayne, whose voice is one of the sweetest, most natural-sounding instruments to appear on the reggae scene since Johnny Clarke was recording for Bunny Lee, and whose preoccupations are the same as those that informed the best music of the roots era: the divinity of Haile Selassie, the wickedness of Babylon, the perfidy of women. Those themes don't always lead to edifying lyrics, but they do tend to inspire deeply satisfying grooves. His debut album is a well-balanced collection of neo-roots anthems that deal with the reality of Rastafari and the dangers of technology "Rastafari Liveth", the superiority of natural living "More Life", the dire future of Babylon "Keep Burning Rome", and the fact that women should not be prostitutes and should do whatever he tells them to "Ready Fe Live Up". As is usually the case with roots reggae, especially of the last few years, the thin line between righteousness and self-righteousness is blurred and sometimes even eradicated, to irritating effect. But man, those grooves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645170222
  • Catalog Number: 1702
  • Sales rank: 58,289

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Life Seeds (4:15)
  2. 2 Lava Ground (4:06)
  3. 3 Rastafari Liveth (4:06)
  4. 4 More Life (4:06)
  5. 5 Bleacher (3:56)
  6. 6 Don't Worry (4:09)
  7. 7 Mama and Papa - Fire Chess (4:34)
  8. 8 Nah Draw Nil (4:00)
  9. 9 Touch Her Softly (3:42)
  10. 10 Ready Fe Live Up (4:37)
  11. 11 Kid Artist (4:21)
  12. 12 Living in Love (3:33)
  13. 13 Conquer - Fire Star (4:14)
  14. 14 Can't Satisfy Her (Prelude) (1:03)
  15. 15 Can't Satisfy Her (3:41)
  16. 16 Grow Proper (4:04)
  17. 17 Cool as the Breeze (4:19)
  18. 18 Keep Burning Rome (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
I-Wayne Primary Artist, Vocals
Harmony Vocals
Ansel Collins Flute, Keyboards
Dalton Browne Harmony
Mikey Chung Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Melbourne Miller Drums
Dwight Richards Trumpet
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul Crossdale Guitar, Keyboards
Maria Smith Harmony
Nikki Burt Harmony
Carol Dexter Harmony
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Richard Dawkins Drums
Ellenore "Brady" Walters Harmony
Althea Layne Hamilton Harmony
Fire Startrz Track Performer
Fire Chess Vocals
Fire Star Vocals
Technical Credits
Ansel Collins Producer
P. Henry Composer
W. Michael Lewis Composer
Collin "Bulbie" York Engineer
Cegricia Hamilton Engineer
Paul Shields Mastering
Nigel Burrell Arranger, Producer, Engineer
D. Dennis Composer
Patrick Henry Audio Production
R. Ellis Composer
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Erik Steinbach Promotional Director
Richard Ellis Arranger, Producer
Courtney McClaughlin Engineer
Neil "Diamond" Edwards Producer, Executive Producer, Mastering
Shawn "Promo" King Promotional Director
Stephen Gibbs Arranger, Producer
Yolan Zanders Promotional Director
Nigel Burrel Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The New Face of Reggae Music

    On Lava Ground, I Wayne espouses his Rastafarian belief with a melody and harmony. I Wayne's voice is not overpowering, but soothing, with a message that is clear as Bob Marley's classic songs. I Wayne is against abortion, telling baby mothers Don't Worry (track 6). He also tells of the santicty of life on More Life (track 4), and Life Seeds (track 4). I Wayne speaks out curses bleaching (where skin lightening cream is used to give lighter complexion) on Bleacher (track 5). Parents are encouraged to raise children in the right way on Grow Proper (track 16). The two biggest hits on Lava Ground are Can't Satisfy Her (track 15), speaking out against prostitution, and Living in Love (track 16). Living In Love speaks out about the ongoing gang and gun violence in the inner cities of Jamaica, encourages farming, talks about the rich not sharing their lands with the poor. What is amazing about Lava Ground is that the messages are clear, melodic, with very vibrant and pulsating riddims. A very excellent alternative to Sean Paul's Trinity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HalleluJAH!!!

    Wow, you dont come across reggae albums like this often...Takin it back to the roots. His voice is a little wierd on some songs, but still sweet on alot of the tracks. My favoritez are "Don't Worry", "Mama and Papa" and "Nah draw Nil" ---this song is over a remade riddim of "Number One" by gregory isaacs...now that is Off the HOOK!!!

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