Reggae Music Again

Reggae Music Again

by Busy Signal
     
 

Jamaican-born dancehall monolith Busy Signal has built his reputation on hard-edged beats and a lightning-fast roughneck vocal delivery, sometimes offset by sweetly crooned covers of '70s and '80s hits by decidedly non-reggae artists like Phil Collins. Reggae Music Again, Busy Signal's fourth proper album, marks the artist's swingSee more details below

Overview

Jamaican-born dancehall monolith Busy Signal has built his reputation on hard-edged beats and a lightning-fast roughneck vocal delivery, sometimes offset by sweetly crooned covers of '70s and '80s hits by decidedly non-reggae artists like Phil Collins. Reggae Music Again, Busy Signal's fourth proper album, marks the artist's swing from hard-hitting dancehall to his earliest inspirations of roots reggae styles and summery lovers rock rhythms. On spoken interludes, Busy Signal (also known by his given name, Reanno Gordon) talks about his motivations to make what he calls "conscious music" and "music from the heart." Without completely losing the Auto-Tuned vocals or deeply bellowing vocal style that characterized his earlier work, songs like "Jah Love" and "Run Weh" bring the album solidly into the realm of contemporarily produced roots-leaning reggae with rocksteady rhythms and brightly melodic vocal hooks. The soulful "Royal Night" winds sultry guitar around seductive lovers rock harmonies. The turn toward these more traditional roots forms isn't a complete turn away from the dancehall moves that built Busy's house. "119" is a hectic dancehall banger, aping the rhythm and hook from Tenor Saw's classic staple "Ring the Alarm" before launching into meaty verses by Anthony Redrose and Joe Lickshot. The tune has an undercurrent of dub echo effects and the jingle of distant sleigh bells throughout. "Wicked Man" also has subtle dub touches more in line with '80s digital dub clouds than the raw lab experiments of King Tubby or Lee Perry. Busy Signal is a bona fide superstar in Jamaica, so the demand for new material on his discs is as high as any international pop star. This accounts for the almost hourlong running length of Reggae Music Again and the inclusion of the interminable schmaltz of an acoustic remix of his former hit "Comfort Zone." Despite a few moments of filler or uninspired banter, the album's bold stylistic change is a move for the better. Busy Signal brings the same fire and love to his trek into roots that make his dancehall moments so riveting.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645195324
catalogNumber:
1953
Rank:
40374

Tracks

  1. Busy Thoughts: Positive Music  - Busy Signal
  2. Run Weh  - Busy Signal
  3. Modern Day Slavery  - Busy Signal
  4. Reggae Music Again  - Busy Signal
  5. Come Over (Missing You)  - Busy Signal
  6. Royal Night  - Busy Signal
  7. Kingston Town  - Busy Signal
  8. 119  - Joe Lickshot
  9. Fire Ball  - Busy Signal
  10. Wicked Man  - Busy Signal
  11. Running from the Law  - Esco Levi
  12. Busy Thoughts: Music from the Heart  - Busy Signal
  13. Jah Love  - Busy Signal
  14. Part of Life  - Busy Signal
  15. Sweetest Life  - Busy Signal
  16. Comfort Zone  - Busy Signal
  17. Busy Thoughts: My Intention  - Busy Signal

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Busy Signal   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Denver Smith   Percussion
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Nikki Burt   Background Vocals
Shaun Darson   Drums
Robbie Lyn   Keyboards
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass
Kirk Bennett   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown   Keyboards
Aeion Hoilett   Bass
Chevaughn Clayton   Background Vocals
Kevon Webster   Keyboards
Sherieta Lewis   Background Vocals
Phillip "Winta" James   Keyboards
Bunny Anne Fletcher   Keyboards
Clive Hunt   Piano

Technical Credits

Dean Fraser   Composer
Donovan Germain   Composer,Producer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Greg Morris   Engineer
Chris Scott   Mastering
Roland McDermott   Engineer
Deron D. James   Art Direction
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Composer
Kirk Bennett   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Busy Signal   Liner Notes
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown   Composer
Aeion Hoilett   Composer
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Composer
Romain Virgo   Composer
Kevino "Bunu" Elliott   Engineer
Wayne "Unga" Thompson   Composer,Producer
Kevon Webster   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
A. Cameron   Composer
J. Byles   Composer
Phillip "Winta" James   Composer
Ranoy Gordon   Composer
Clive Hunt   Arranger
Shane C. Brown   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Additional Production
Michael Howell   Engineer
Alex Threadgold   Music Business Affairs,Legal Advisor

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