The Strong One

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Etana's embrace of roots reggae came in the wake of her abrupt departure from a U.S.-based female vocal group in which she was expected to dress and act in ways that she found inappropriate and immodest. Returning to her home outside of Kingston, Jamaica, she adopted Rastafarianism and eventually immersed herself in a solo career. Her debut album is an impressive set of modern roots compositions that nicely balances smooth production, danceable beats, conscious lyrics, and startlingly beautiful singing. She has very quickly attracted top-notch help: the backing musicians on The Strong One include Sly Dunbar, Dean Fraser, Robbie Lyn, and Dalton Browne, among other A-list ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Etana's embrace of roots reggae came in the wake of her abrupt departure from a U.S.-based female vocal group in which she was expected to dress and act in ways that she found inappropriate and immodest. Returning to her home outside of Kingston, Jamaica, she adopted Rastafarianism and eventually immersed herself in a solo career. Her debut album is an impressive set of modern roots compositions that nicely balances smooth production, danceable beats, conscious lyrics, and startlingly beautiful singing. She has very quickly attracted top-notch help: the backing musicians on The Strong One include Sly Dunbar, Dean Fraser, Robbie Lyn, and Dalton Browne, among other A-list session men, and if the sound is occasionally just a little bit on the slick side, there's no denying the quality of both her singing and songwriting. Highlights include the sharply arranged and soca-flavored "Wasting My Time" (on which she makes a fine singjay turn), the gorgeous "Roots" (on which she shows off a surprisingly wide vocal range), and the unabashedly romantic "Closer" (on which she demonstrates that her focus isn't entirely otherworldly). An impressive debut from a major talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2008
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645180023
  • Catalog Number: 1800
  • Sales rank: 50,920

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Forget (4:23)
  2. 2 Roots (5:28)
  3. 3 Jah Chariot (4:54)
  4. 4 I Am Not Afraid (3:54)
  5. 5 Nothing But Love (4:07)
  6. 6 Caltariba System (3:55)
  7. 7 More & More (3:41)
  8. 8 Blessing (3:37)
  9. 9 I'll Be the One (4:45)
  10. 10 Warrior Love (4:03)
  11. 11 Wasting My Time (4:04)
  12. 12 Closer (3:55)
  13. 13 Overcome (4:43)
  14. 14 Live & Love Life (3:50)
  15. 15 Wrong Address (3:47)
  16. 16 Nuclear (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etana Primary Artist
Wayne Armond Guitar
Dalton Browne Guitar
Glen Browne Bass
Sly Dunbar Percussion, Drums, Musician
Alvin Haughton Percussion
Carl James Harmony, Musician
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Dwight Richards Trumpet
Denver Smith Percussion
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Musician
Joel Chin Musician
Connie Campbell Harmony
Kirk Bennett Drums
Kemar McGregor Drums
Nicky Burt Harmony
Duane Stephenson Harmony
Aeion Hoilett Bass
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory Guitar
Chevaughn Clayton Harmony
Technical Credits
Paul Daley Engineer
Carl James Producer, Engineer
Robert Livingston Producer, Percussion Overdubs
Steven Stanley Producer
Joel Chin Producer, Executive Producer, Mastering
Paul Shields Mastering
Kerry DeBruce Art Direction
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Kemar McGregor Producer, Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    jamaican

    great music from the island of Jamaica.Etana is wonderful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I have only heard the track "The Blessing" featuring Alberosie...thanks to the good folks at XM-101's "The Joint" (shout out to their PD - D. Hussey) but this was enough for me to want the entire album. It's got a rootsy sound with rub-a-dub bounce and solid production warmth. No sharp tones-just smooth as silk. The contrasting vocal duet is a classic (reminiscent of the old school Alton and Hortense Ellis tracks)...and that lovable, lilting melody...just melted me upon first listen. Long story short: I can't wait for this one to drop.

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