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Musically Inclined
     

Musically Inclined

by Tanto Metro & Devonte
 

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The DJ/singer duo format has a long and venerable history in reggae music, and with good reason: when a musical genre depends as much as reggae does on small distinctions to maintain listener interest, a dramatic midsong switch from sweet loverman crooning to gruff toasting can count for a lot. Tanto Metro and Devonte<

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The DJ/singer duo format has a long and venerable history in reggae music, and with good reason: when a musical genre depends as much as reggae does on small distinctions to maintain listener interest, a dramatic midsong switch from sweet loverman crooning to gruff toasting can count for a lot. Tanto Metro and Devonte pick up where the wildly successful Chaka Demus and Pliers left off, alternately singing and chatting lyrics dealing primarily with women and partying over up-to-the-minute dancehall rhythms provided by a slew of A-list producers including, in this case, Tony "CD" Kelly, the Shocking Vibes crew, and Morgan Heritage. The duo's basic limitation is what you'd expect it to be: an almost tunnel-vision focus on booty that threatens to make the album's 17 tracks run together into an undifferentiated dancehall leer. What saves them are the rhythms, which occasionally fail to rise above the utilitarian ("What You Want Me to Do," "In There") but frequently redeem the pedestrian lyrics with beats that are both innovative and irresistible ("Cross the Border," "So Fine," the gorgeous "Everytime You Find Love"). The guests are well chosen and all in fine form, particularly Courtney Melody on an update of his "Cross the Border," and the duo gets an extra half star for calling out unsmiling rude boys on "We No Skin Teeth." Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645171229
catalogNumber:
1712

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Performance Credits

Tanto Metro & Devonte   Primary Artist
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Shaun Darson   Drums
Maurice Gregory   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mojo   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Paul Daley   Engineer
Morgan Heritage   Producer
Tony Kelly   Producer
Robert Livingston   Producer
Patrick Roberts   Executive Producer
Handel Tucker   Composer,Producer,Engineer
W Passley   Composer,Engineer
M. Wolfe   Composer
Dave Hyman   Engineer
Nathan Malki   Engineer
Jason Robbins   Engineer
LCpl P.D. Wright   Engineer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Deron D. James   Art Direction
Eric "Jr" Delisser   Producer
Ryan Leslie   Producer
S. Martin   Composer
Paul Wright   Engineer
Maurice Gregory   Composer
Troyton Rami   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mojo   drum programming

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