by Tarrus Riley


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It's a minor problem, but if there's a complaint to be made about Tarrus Riley's 2009 effort Contagious, it's that his previous effort, Parables, has a much better layout. The crowding together of redundant numbers and uneven flow experienced here makes Contagious feel more like a collection of songs than a fully thought-out album, but they are great songs for the most part, performed in that dignified, warm, Rasta manner that has made Riley a favorite of the new roots set. "Living the Life of a Gun" is a wonderfully smooth alternative to Anthony B. or Sizzla's social commentary, and when a children's choir enhances the moving prayer "Let Peace Reign," Riley skillfully moves into Wyclef's territory with elaborate arrangements hung on grand statements. The lovers' numbers are just as good, if not better this time out with the sensual take on Michael Jackson's hit "Human Nature" and the yearning "Love's Contagious" -- based on Marley's "Coming In From the Cold" riddim -- competing for the top spot. The latter features a quick fade that comes way too early for the slow-grooving song, and when you add a track list 18 songs long which doesn't seem properly sorted, the quality control is a step lower than last time out. Parables remains a better introduction, but taken on a track-by-track level, Riley delivers his high-grade material with such grace and passion that Contagious is well worth the bit of patience it requires.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645186421
catalogNumber: 1864
Rank: 39550

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tarrus Riley   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus,Musician
Peter Ashbourne   Violin
Glen Browne   Bass,Chant
Steven "Cat" Coore   Guitar,Cello
Mark Dawson   Drums
Sly Dunbar   Drums,Percus
Bobby Ellis   Horn
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Dean Fraser   Percussion,Horn,Background Vocals
Vin Gordon   Horn
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Paul Kastick   Drums
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Herman Marquis   Horn
Tommy McCook   Horn
Lloyd Parks   Bass
Dwight Richards   Horn
Ronald "Nambo" Robinson   Horn
Santa   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Denver Smith   Percussion,Drums
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Shane Brown   drum overdubs
Joel Chin   Percussion,drum overdubs
Robert Browne   Guitar
Carol "Bowie" McLauglin   Keyboards
Althea Layne   Background Vocals
Lincoln Thomas   Guitar
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Shaun Darson   Drums
Sharpe Sherida   Background Vocals
Connie Campbell   Background Vocals
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis   Bass
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Sydney "Congo Billy" Watson   Percussion,Drums
B. Fletcher   Guitar,Keyboards
Curtis Lynch   Keyboards
Althea Layne Hamilton   Background Vocals
Sean Darson   Drums
Nicky Burt   Background Vocals
Duane Stephenson   Background Vocals
Fireball   Drums
Aeion Hoilett   Bass
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Guitar
Chris Smith   Background Vocals
Conradine Campbell   Background Vocals
Andrew Marsh   Keyboards
Chevaughn Clayton   Background Vocals
Chris Downer   Drums
Sherita Lewis   Background Vocals
Keith Maroghini   Drums
Calvin Mitchell   Drums
Iran Richard   Drums
Akilah Riley   Background Vocals
Chris Smith   Background Vocals
Vauxhall School Choir   Choir, Chorus
Kevon Webster   Keyboards
Kareth Anthony   Background Vocals
Iran Richard   Drums
Connie Campbell   Background Vocals
Carrol Dexter   Background Vocals
Sherida Sharpe   Background Vocals
Curtis Lynch   Keyboards
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar   Drums
Ronald Robinson   Horn
Santa   Drums
Stephen "Cat" Coore   Guitar,Cello
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Michael Howell   Engineer
Professionals   Producer
Errol Brown   Engineer
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Producer
Dean Fraser   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
S. Lewis   Composer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Producer
Greg Norris   Engineer
Greg Morris   Engineer
Shane Brown   Producer,Engineer
Joel Chin   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Roland McDermott   Engineer
S. Brown   Composer
O   Composer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Professionals   Producer
Robin Thicke   Composer
Kirk Bennett   Drum Fills
Oliver Riley   Composer
B. Fletcher   drum programming
Carlos Allwood   Engineer
Louis Raffington   Art Direction
Tarrus Riley   Producer
Joe Lickshot   Introduction
Monei Lemar   Engineer
Jomo McMayo   Engineer
Christopher Price   Producer
Duke Price   Producer
Tarik Johnston   Producer,Engineer
Monei Lemar   Engineer
Michael "Box Lunch" Howell   Engineer
Riley   Composer
M. Solomon   Composer
O. Riley   Composer
G. Spence   Composer
Carlos Alwood   Engineer
D. Fraser   Composer
Greg Norris   Engineer
W. Riley   Composer
Romel Marshall   Engineer
Greg Morris   Engineer
J. Bettis   Composer
T. Johnston   Composer

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