Music Is Life

Music Is Life

by Beres Hammond


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Jamaica's elder statesman of lovers ballads procures another patented, soulful recipe on Music Is Life. One of only a few living reggae legends, the unassuming Hammond has the power to transform any listening environment into a contemplative Caribbean getaway. Hammond's effortless delivery and near flawless vocal quality call to mind an atmosphere of swaying palm trees, cool blue water, and overall positive vibrations. His enduring Jamaican hit of 2000, "They Gonna Talk," is as calmly groovy as it is heartfelt. The more up-tempo "Dance for Me" pairs Beres with one of his devoted aficionados, Wyclef Jean, in a near facsimile of Wyclef's crossover duet with Santana, "Maria, Maria." While Hammond is a clear virtuoso of rocksteady and lovers reggae, he also demonstrates versatility on this offering. The more bittersweet ballads, "Mary, Mary" and "Angel Eyes," are haunting as well as eloquent. But, the pièce de résistance may be "Gonna Shine Again," a low-tempo track teeming with heart-wrenching emotion. Hammond takes traditional roots flavors and transposes them just enough to satisfy purists and new listeners alike. The resulting formula is soothing, accessible, and thought-provoking reggae music.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2001
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645162425
catalogNumber: 1624
Rank: 86753

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beres Hammond   Primary Artist,Percussion,Harmony
Roots Radics   Musician
Pam Hall   Track Performer
Winston Bowen   Guitar
Paul Crosdale   Organ,Keyboards
Donald Dennis   Bass
Lloyd Denton   Keyboards
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Flourgon   Vocals
Dean Fraser   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Brian & Tony Gold   Harmony
Tony Gold   Harmony
Robert Lyn   Keyboards,Overdubs
David Madden   Horn
Sydney Mills   Drums
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Nambo Robinson   Horn
Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Nadine Sutherland   Harmony
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass,Percussion
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Wyclef Jean   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Dwight Dawes   Keyboards
Howard Messam   Horn,Saxophone
Dorette Wisdom   Harmony
Fernando Rosario   Guitar
Rolando Wilson   Drums
Nicola Tucker   Harmony
Robert Angus   Guitar

Technical Credits

Beres Hammond   Executive Producer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell   Producer
Fatta   Producer
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Producer,Engineer
Robert Murphy   Engineer
Anthony Selassie   Engineer
Karl Toppin   Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Producer

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