Lucky Day

Lucky Day

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by Shaggy
     
 

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If the ladies didn't believe Shaggy's earnest, platinum plea of "It Wasn't Me," they can take much of Lucky Day as an apology. Over some of the deepest dancehall tracks of his pop-reggae career, Mr. Boombastic limns the beauty of women -- on "Strength of a Woman," he even wonders if God is female. Earthly Everywoman Chaka Khan drops by to give her blessing onSee more details below

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If the ladies didn't believe Shaggy's earnest, platinum plea of "It Wasn't Me," they can take much of Lucky Day as an apology. Over some of the deepest dancehall tracks of his pop-reggae career, Mr. Boombastic limns the beauty of women -- on "Strength of a Woman," he even wonders if God is female. Earthly Everywoman Chaka Khan drops by to give her blessing on "Get My Party On," as Shaggy drops his trademark blend of brazen come-ons and self-effacing humor. The mariachi-themed single "Hey Sexy Lady" is no "It Wasn't Me" -- in fact, this may be the first Shaggy album that doesn't lean on covers, clever pop-staple interpolations, or novelty songs. Which is not to say that he doesn't have help: classic lovers' rock vocalist Barrington Levy joins his countryman on "Full Control" and, of course, Ricardo "Rik Rok" Ducent of "Angel" is on board for "These Are the Lips." Without abandoning his chart-friendly formula, Shaggy advances an honest, more mature version of the crowd-pleasing ruffneck who's risen to the top of the pop-reggae heap.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Both commercially and creatively, Hot Shot was a tough act to follow. That 2000 release boasted some of Shaggy's best work (including the naughty smash "It Wasn't Me"), and it sold an impressive ten million units internationally. So when the time came to record a follow-up, Shaggy no doubt felt the sort of pressure that Janet Jackson felt when she recorded a follow-up to Control. This October 2002 release is Shaggy's first album of new material since Hot Shot, although MCA did release an album of Shaggy remixes in early 2002. And even though Lucky Day isn't quite in a class with Hot Shot, it is still an enjoyable follow-up. The album is full of the type of congenial, good-natured crossover dancehall that Shaggy is best known for; those who don't mind the fact that Shaggy is very much a crossover artist won't be disappointed to learn that infectious ditties like "Get My Party On" (which boasts a cameo by guest Chaka Khan) and "Shake Shake Shake" have a lot of pop and urban contemporary appeal. But Lucky Day doesn't come across as formulaic, and Shaggy -- for all his commercial moves -- isn't afraid to offer some surprises. "Hey Sexy Lady" successfully fuses dancehall and funk with Spanish flamenco; it's an unlikely combination, but one that works. And Shaggy, who specializes in lighthearted fun, brings a surprisingly serious tone to "Lost" (a warning against the dangers of crime and street life) and "Walking in My Shoes" (which is about persevering despite challenges and adversity). Although not Shaggy's most essential album, Lucky Day is a rewarding effort that takes its share of chances -- both musically and lyrically.
Rolling Stone - Gavin Edwards
Bump up the tempos and Shaggy turns into the mad scientist of pop reggae, combining unstoppable rhythms, his growly voice and random sonic flubber.
Entertainment Weekly
This follow-up to 2000's ridiculously successful Hotshot is another crop of dance tracks for the masses. [B] Cheo Tyehimba

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2002
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811307028
catalogNumber:
113070

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shaggy   Primary Artist
Dave Kelly   Musician
Chandra Armstead   Background Vocals
Armando Colon   Background Vocals,Musician
Michael Fletcher   Musician
Tony Gold   Background Vocals
Robert Livingston   Musician
Rik Roc   Background Vocals
Phillip Smart   Musician
Christopher Birch   Musician
Gordon Dukes   Background Vocals,Musician
Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia   Background Vocals,Musician
Robert Browne   Musician
Prince Mydas   Background Vocals
Kent Bryan   Musician
Gwen Laster   Musician
Wondress   Background Vocals
Shaun Darson   Musician
Brian Gold   Background Vocals
Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent   Background Vocals
Gwendolyn Laster   Musician
Wondress Hutchinson   Background Vocals
Paul Gregory   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Kelly   Producer,Engineer
Mister Doo   Producer
Errol Brown   Producer,Engineer
Armando Colon   Producer
Michael Fletcher   Producer
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Robert Livingston   Producer,Executive Producer
Phillip Smart   Producer,Engineer
Christopher Birch   Producer
Eliud "Lou" Ortiz   Engineer
Shane Brown   Producer
Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia   Producer,Engineer
Manuel J. Donayre   Art Direction
Kent Bryan   Producer
Orville Burrell   Executive Producer
Kevin "Wingy" Thompson   Engineer

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