I have to admit, when I first heard that Glen Washington had a new album dropping, I was excited. This dude has produced some very heavy reggae jams in the past and my hopes were obviously that he’d be bringing more. Luckily, the CD starts off nicely and Glen sounds as good as always. This fits right in to his previous arsenal of roots reggae works. Like his previous works, this disk is thick with love songs, but still brings conscious messages, all alongside smooth basslines and live instrumentation. This album is a nice lover’s rock intro for 2009.
Track 2 titled “Pour Your Sugar” rides on a version of the Three Blind Mice Riddim and is a personal favorite. Some might associate the riddim with another great track by Tarrus Riley called “Parables”. As usual, for me, when it comes to Glen Washington, I gravitate towards all his songs that aren’t love based. I prefer when he sings those great conscious joints, which he is superb at. My two favorite tracks are definitely “Got To Be Free” and “Hooligan”. It’s kinda weird that “Hooligan” was included on this album since it was released back in 2006 on the Hooligan Riddim. The track is strong enough to merit being included though. And actually, now that I think of it, that’s not the only track that’s been released on a riddim in the past (Got To Be Free was released on the Hard Time Rock Riddim).
Those that know me know that I’m not a huge fan of lovers joints, but I do dig them when they’re done ‘right’. An example of that is the track “We Need Love” on this. Smooth.
Overall, this is a nice album and is worth adding to the collection. Here’s a low-budget version of what you’d here from the CD:
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