No Stress Express

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Half Pint has taken a decidedly leisurely approach to recording over the past couple of decades, releasing only two albums during the ten years between his 1998 hit Legal We Legal and the new No Stress Express. But after more than thirty years in the business his exuberant tunefulness and positive attitude remain undiminished, and if this album doesn't feature him operating at the complete peak of his powers, it's still a worthy addition to Half Pint's small but distinguished catalog. Two tracks find him working with members of Sublime and the Long Beach Dub All-Stars -- the album-opening "Unity" is a sweet acoustic-based pop-reggae ditty that nicely sets the tone for the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Half Pint has taken a decidedly leisurely approach to recording over the past couple of decades, releasing only two albums during the ten years between his 1998 hit Legal We Legal and the new No Stress Express. But after more than thirty years in the business his exuberant tunefulness and positive attitude remain undiminished, and if this album doesn't feature him operating at the complete peak of his powers, it's still a worthy addition to Half Pint's small but distinguished catalog. Two tracks find him working with members of Sublime and the Long Beach Dub All-Stars -- the album-opening "Unity" is a sweet acoustic-based pop-reggae ditty that nicely sets the tone for the rest of the album, but "A Girl Like You" doesn't quite rise to the same standard. Sly & Robbie appear on two tracks, most notably a very fine remake of Half Pint's 2002 hit "Blessing Darling," and Dollarman contributes a nice deejay performance on the excellent combination track "Babylon Release the Chain." But the track that will likely garner the most attention is a fun and bouncy rocksteady arrangement of the Cars' new wave hit "My Best Friend's Girl" -- a rendition that ought to be heard blaring out of car windows all summer. This album's only real weakness is Half Pint's tendency to drift flat on a few of these songs -- a tendency that has always been there but seems to be getting worse as he ages. Still, No Stress Express is lots of fun overall, and will be welcomed by Half Pint's dedicated core of international fans. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206304121
  • Catalog Number: 63041
  • Sales rank: 318,206

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unity - Long Beach Dub All-Stars (3:46)
  2. 2 My Best Friend's Girl (4:12)
  3. 3 Just Be Good (3:52)
  4. 4 Never Let Go (3:27)
  5. 5 Suzie (3:43)
  6. 6 Blessing Darling - Sly (3:37)
  7. 7 Sweet Thing (3:36)
  8. 8 Madonna (5:50)
  9. 9 Bless Us (3:35)
  10. 10 Children of His Majesty - Sly (3:37)
  11. 11 Mind Over Matter (4:16)
  12. 12 No Stress Express (4:13)
  13. 13 Bad Boy - Sizzla (4:08)
  14. 14 A Girl Like You - Toko Pasi (4:06)
  15. 15 Babylon Release the Chain - Dollarman (5:02)
  16. 16 Just Be Good - Miki Howard (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Half Pint Primary Artist
Pam Hall Background Vocals
Chico Chin Horn Section
Sly Dunbar Drums
Sky Juice Percussion
Paul Kastick Drums
Robert Lyn Keyboards
David Madden Horn Section
Dwight Pinkney Guitar
Nambo Robinson Horn Section
Style Scott Drums
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Christopher Birch Keyboards
Paul Crossdale Piano, Keyboards
Benjy Myaz Bass
Jack Maness Guitar, Keyboards
Jimmy Paxson Drums
Lew "Word" Richards Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Half Pint Composer
M. Williams Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York Producer
Sizzla Composer
Jack Maness Producer
B.G. Hammond Producer
M.J. Harris Producer
Dollarman Composer
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