Parables

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Tarrus Riley's contemporized roots reggae comes with a pedigree: his father is the Jamaican singer Jimmy Riley, best known for his early-'80s album Love and Devotion and its classy cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." The younger Riley stays close to the themes of Rasta, righteousness and romanticism on this likable set, but he's young and worldly enough to go beyond the clichés, both musical and lyrical. The songwriting on Parables is tightly constructed, melodic, smart and accessible, and while the themes are familiar, Riley is willing to inject some pop gloss into his music, avoiding the sanctimoniousness that often drives away non-devotees of hardcore reggae. He ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Tarrus Riley's contemporized roots reggae comes with a pedigree: his father is the Jamaican singer Jimmy Riley, best known for his early-'80s album Love and Devotion and its classy cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." The younger Riley stays close to the themes of Rasta, righteousness and romanticism on this likable set, but he's young and worldly enough to go beyond the clichés, both musical and lyrical. The songwriting on Parables is tightly constructed, melodic, smart and accessible, and while the themes are familiar, Riley is willing to inject some pop gloss into his music, avoiding the sanctimoniousness that often drives away non-devotees of hardcore reggae. He doesn't overdo it with the Rasta rhetoric, and although there are more than a few direct references to Bob Marley lyrics in Riley's own, he never gives the impression that he's following in anyone's footsteps. Like most Rasta artists, Riley does rail against Babylon, but then in "Micro Chip," he cautions just as vehemently against worshipping technology, particularly the computer (wonder if he considers the machines in the recording studio technology?). But some of the most satisfying material on Parables has nothing to do with theology or injustice but rather with the heart: Riley's cover of "Stay with You," made famous by John Legend, and Riley's own "Something Strong" are unabashed paeans to romantic love (although the latter may be the first love song to include the word "parasites"), and the title track brilliantly draws lines between classic morality tales of yore and life in the 21st century. Riley's voice is a strong and likable one, equally comfortable within the spiritual and the secular, and he knows where to go for help, too: the ubiquitous Sly & Robbie are among the ace musicians contributing to the album, hitmaker Dean Fraser produces, and the legendary Tuff Gong Studios is one of the venues at which Riley laid down tracks. A voice to carry reggae ahead, for sure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645233422
  • Catalog Number: 2334
  • Sales rank: 33,005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 System Set (Willie Lynch Syndrome) (4:15)
  2. 2 Haunt You (3:46)
  3. 3 Beware (4:01)
  4. 4 Micro Chip (3:50)
  5. 5 One Two Order (5:09)
  6. 6 Stay with You (3:48)
  7. 7 She's Royal (4:11)
  8. 8 Something Strong (4:17)
  9. 9 Lion Paw (4:19)
  10. 10 Parables (3:45)
  11. 11 Africa Awaits (4:15)
  12. 12 Pick Up the Pieces (4:26)
  13. 13 Let Love Live - Duane Stephenson (4:35)
  14. 14 Family (5:05)
  15. 15 My Baby (Cyan Sleep) (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tarrus Riley Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Glen Browne Bass, Guitar
Chico Chin Horn
Mark Clark Drums
Mark Dawson Drums
Donald Dennis Bass
Sly Dunbar Drums
Michael Fletcher Bass
Dean Fraser Percussion, Horn, Saxophone
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Desi Jones Drums
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Melbourne Miller Drums
Dwight Richards Horn
Nambo Robinson Trombone, Horn
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Chris Meridith Bass
Nikki Burt Background Vocals
Ryan Webb Organ, Keyboards
Rochell Bradshaw Background Vocals
Chris Frazer Smith Background Vocals
Gibby Morrison Guitar
John Williams Violin
Paul "Scooby" Smith Organ, Keyboards
Kirk Bennett Drums
Althea Layne Hamilton Background Vocals
Errol Hird Horn
Carol McLaughlin Keyboards
Randevon Patrick Drums
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory Guitar
Conradine Campbell Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dean Fraser Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Paul Shields Mastering
Chris Chin Executive Producer
ONeil Smith Engineer
Superintendent Gladstone Wright Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    It is nice to have someone new doing Reggae. I loved She's Royal and Family. Pick up the Pieces is a nice tribute to the many people that have been affected by natural disasters in recent years.

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