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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Vibes is not only Heavy D's first album in nine years but a reggae-pop album on top of it, with a whole lot less rap than expected. The rapper, and now more often singer, has referenced his birthplace of Jamaica before, most notably with his hit cover version of "Now That We Found Love," which was based on reggae act Third World's take on the track . Here he is consumed by the sounds of Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, and others who combine Island tones with grown folk's R&B. Another obvious influence, Barrington Levy, shows up for the great "Love Me Like This," one of the many songs based on cool lovers rock. This mostly smooth album isn't courting...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Vibes is not only Heavy D's first album in nine years but a reggae-pop album on top of it, with a whole lot less rap than expected. The rapper, and now more often singer, has referenced his birthplace of Jamaica before, most notably with his hit cover version of "Now That We Found Love," which was based on reggae act Third World's take on the track . Here he is consumed by the sounds of Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, and others who combine Island tones with grown folk's R&B. Another obvious influence, Barrington Levy, shows up for the great "Love Me Like This," one of the many songs based on cool lovers rock. This mostly smooth album isn't courting the Marley fans as there's not much political reggae here but the influence of roots music can be found in the cabinet rattling bass of "Queen Majesty" or "Long Distance Girlfriend," while "Private Dancer" is a one-drop lust number featuring modern dread Sizzla. With nylon-stringed guitars and soulful crooning, the pleasant "Delilah" ends up a more modest version of Wyclef's genre-blending, appearing right before the heartbroken but hopeful "Chasing Windmills" pulls out the metaphors for what's arguably the songwriting highlight of his career. On this aptly titled album, Heavy D does doubly duty, embracing his roots while relaunching his music career. Successful on both counts, this is a genuine find for lovers of the softer side of reggae plus the big payoff for the Overweight Lover's most patient fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Stride
  • UPC: 034373300122
  • Catalog Number: 3001
  • Sales rank: 117,075

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Long Distance Girlfriend (4:18)
  2. 2 No Matter What (4:12)
  3. 3 Queen Majesty (3:51)
  4. 4 Love Me Like This (3:43)
  5. 5 My Love Is All I Have (3:44)
  6. 6 Hugs and Kisses (3:33)
  7. 7 Private Dancer (3:32)
  8. 8 Delilah (3:33)
  9. 9 Chasing Windmills (3:27)
  10. 10 Sincere (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heavy D Primary Artist
Daniel Debourg Background Vocals
Mikey Dan Background Vocals
Harold Lilly Background Vocals
Bruce Buechner Bass
Kamasi Washington Saxophone
Dontae Winslow Trumpet
Technical Credits
Warryn "Smiley" Campbell Producer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Tony Dofat Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Juan Winans Composer
Big Ed Engineer
Mike City Producer
Edward Randle Administration
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction
Shane Morris Engineer
Kendred Smith Composer
Charile "CSUN" Bereal Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Bruce Buechner Engineer
Jimi Kendrix Producer
Larrance Dopson Producer
Franny "Franchise" Graham Engineer
Jordan Omley Composer
Justin Sampson Administration
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