Together as One

Together as One

by Elan
     
 

When Aston "Family Man" Barrett heard Elan's demo, the ears of the Wailers bassist immediately pricked up. Given Junior Marvin's departure, the Wailers needed a frontman, and Barrett was immediately convinced they'd found his replacement. One listen to Together as One's titleSee more details below

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When Aston "Family Man" Barrett heard Elan's demo, the ears of the Wailers bassist immediately pricked up. Given Junior Marvin's departure, the Wailers needed a frontman, and Barrett was immediately convinced they'd found his replacement. One listen to Together as One's title track explains why the Wailers snapped Elan up. This glorious number's gorgeous melody, acoustic guitar-laced arrangement, and unity theme all echo of Bob Marley's own "Redemption Song." However, dancehall fans will note the track's equally striking similarities to Buju Banton's "Untold Stories." And it's this ability to beautifully blend both new and old, speaking simultaneously to young and old, that is Elan's strongest suit. "I Wanna Yell" also reverberates with a Marley-esque sound, although in this case, with its modern reggae flavor and bouncy melody, it's Stephen who springs to mind. Elsewhere, "My Kingston Girl," which resurrects an old rocksteady melody and is brushed with harmonies, recalls the Wailers' days at Studio One. "You Don't Come Around No More" also has a lovely revival feel to the riddim, but here Elan leaves the Marleys behind and strides straight into R&B-flavored dancehall, accompanied by Cutty Ranks, whose sharp toasts provide an authentic island-style feel to the number. Gwen Stefani helps take this hybrid sound into even lusher pastures on "All Nighter." Then again, Elan can handle dancehall in any of its varieties, be it the sweet singing/tough toaster combo of the reggaeton-tinged "Girl," where he's paired with Assassin, or DJing himself across the techno-flavored drum'n'bass-driven "Feel My Pressure." Intriguingly, on another combo number, "Don't You Go," dancehall surfs right into new wave, while Tami Chynn toasts up a storm on top and Elan sings out sweetly below. He rides solo on "Do Right by You," another powerful number, this time on a roots reggae riddim that's again frothing with new wave influences. It's a heady mix of sounds and styles, and with a producer roster that includes Lynford "Fatta" Marshall, Lenky Marsden, Tony Kelly, Sly & Robbie, and No Doubt's Tony Kanal, that's no surprise. Elan initially established his reputation by keeping the Wailers' songs alive, but it's evident here that he has numbers of his own that demand attention. He also has plenty to say on a variety of subjects, from romance to injustice, and with lyrics that swing from dancehall boasts to unity calls, Elan circles culture and matters of the heart with equal finesse and aplomb. Although not Jamaican -- he's California born and bred -- Elan is already a reggae force, but with his debut album he now strongly stamps his own imprimatur on the scene.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602498528877
catalogNumber:
000638402
Rank:
291071

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elan   Primary Artist
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Wally Gagel   Guitar
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Gabrial McNair   Trombone
Gwen Stefani   Background Vocals
Tony Kanal   Keyboards
Phil Jordan   Trumpet
Maurice Gregory   Guitar,Keyboards
Alex Dromgoole   Keyboards
Xavier Cordova   Background Vocals
Neil Kanal   Guitar,Keyboards
Matt Mitchell   Guitar

Technical Credits

Philip "Fatis" Burrell   Producer
Sly Dunbar   drum programming
Gregory Gordon   Engineer
Tony Kelly   drum programming
Colin Mitchell   Engineer
Robert Murphy   Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Mark "Spike" Stent   Producer
Wally Gagel   Engineer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Programming,Producer
Gary Noble   Engineer
J.J. Campbell   Composer
Gabrial McNair   Horn Arrangements
Delroy "Fatta" Pottinger   Engineer
Cindy Cooper   Producer
Tony Kanal   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
James M. Wisner   Engineer
Sly   Producer
Chuck Reed   Engineer
Andrew Alekel   Engineer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Lee Groves   Producer
Dennis Dennehy   Publicity
Anthony "CD" Kelly   Producer
Alex Dromgoole   Programming
Rodney Maspoch   Engineer
S. Marsden   Composer
Julian Chan   Engineer
Conroy Forte   Engineer
Jurgen Grebner   Marketing
Alexandra Greenberg   Publicity
Neil Kanal   Engineer
Paul Parks   Cover Photo
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering

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