Too Bad

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The artist himself hasn't said it happened this way, but one has to wonder if the strictly dancehall- and strictly Jamaican-Too Bad is a product of the outside world's recent shunning of Buju Banton thanks to the controversy around his old homophobic track "Boom Bye Bye" rearing its head again. It's a problem he's dealt with for years, but the 2005 cancellations of overseas shows seem to have been the final straw, perhaps influencing the multifaceted singer to drop the reggae for a while and return to straight-up dancehall as a "screw you world" move. Other factors could include having his own label, Gargamel, and in turn the freedom to do this, and since Gargamel has ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The artist himself hasn't said it happened this way, but one has to wonder if the strictly dancehall- and strictly Jamaican-Too Bad is a product of the outside world's recent shunning of Buju Banton thanks to the controversy around his old homophobic track "Boom Bye Bye" rearing its head again. It's a problem he's dealt with for years, but the 2005 cancellations of overseas shows seem to have been the final straw, perhaps influencing the multifaceted singer to drop the reggae for a while and return to straight-up dancehall as a "screw you world" move. Other factors could include having his own label, Gargamel, and in turn the freedom to do this, and since Gargamel has released plenty of great roots music, Banton could have decided to save dancehall music instead, since he had recently declared the scene a "common whorehouse." His assessment seems rather harsh, but if dancehall really does need saving, these tracks could do it, although they're thrown together in such a jumble here that the album as whole works better in small bites. What makes Banton's return to Jamaica's most aggressive music so great is that he's created tracks that are equal shares nostalgic -- quoting dancehall vet Yellowman on the title track for example -- and forward-looking, with the thirty-something singer proving he can ride the most up to the time riddims as well as any young upstart. He's one of the few singers who could turn the ridiculous "Wipeout" riddim -- which is based on the surf classic by the Surfaris -- into the vicious rallying cry "Me & Oonu," and while there are more slick party and "for the ladies" tracks than usual, substantial numbers like "Driver A" tip the scales the other way, saving the album as a whole from being too lightweight. So much dancehall will probably alienate the massive fanbase Banton earned with the versatile efforts 'Til Shiloh or Unchained Spirit, but longtime fans who miss the fire of his early work are going to go ape for this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Gargamel
  • UPC: 856481001421
  • Catalog Number: 10014
  • Sales rank: 96,135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Your Night Tonight (3:16)
  2. 2 Try Offa Yuh (3:44)
  3. 3 Nothing (3:36)
  4. 4 Too Bad (2:44)
  5. 5 Waistline (3:24)
  6. 6 Jig (3:47)
  7. 7 Me & Oonu (3:11)
  8. 8 'Til It Bend (3:24)
  9. 9 Hey Boy (2:18)
  10. 10 Go Slow (2:50)
  11. 11 Driver A. (2:51)
  12. 12 Girl U Know (3:44)
  13. 13 Lonely Night (3:45)
  14. 14 Who Have It (3:32)
  15. 15 Better Day Coming (2:52)
  16. 16 Don & Dupes (2:44)
  17. 17 Fast Lane (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buju Banton Primary Artist, Vocals
Pinchers Vocals
Dave Kelly Musician
M.J.S. Thompson Musician
M. Sterling Musician
Robin Shakespeare Musician
S. Joan Reid Musician
T.D. James Musician
L. James Musician
A. Gray Musician
C. Alexander Brown Musician
A. Judson Green Musician
D. Bagga Musician
Craig Harrisingh Musician
David Harrisingh Musician
Technical Credits
Buju Banton Author, Producer, Executive Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
M.J.S. Thompson Composer, Producer
Tracii McGregor Executive Producer
M. Sterling Composer, Producer
Robin Shakespeare Producer
L. James Composer, Producer
M. Myrie Composer
Michael Brissett Producer
A. Judson Green Composer, Producer, Engineer
Andrew Davies Producer
Ashoy Beharie Producer
Darhil Crooks Art Direction
C. Garibaldi Producer
Michael "ZJ Liquid" Brissett Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Must Have For All Music Lovers

    I got this CD recently, and I've been playing it non stop ever since. Buju is at the top of his game as usual, and he really shines on this one. The title track "Too Bad" is infectious and Hey Boy and Me and Oonu are meant to get you up dancing and singing along. Every song is a hit on here, but I really LOVED the very popular Driver A, Try Offa Yuh, Girl You Know, and the very catchy Nothing. It's just "too bad" I took so long to get this cd. Don't miss out for so long like I did, get it now!!!<BR/>It is excellent from start to finish. You will enjoy hearing it the 100th time as much as you did the very first time you heard it, trust me!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love love love buju

    i love this man's music and this album definitely is not a disappointment!!!! worth every penny i paid for it---classic buju

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