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Album Review

At a time when dancehall dominates the reggae charts and singers and deejays alike tend to favor a harsh and gruff vocal delivery, I Wayne harks back to the days of sweet-voiced tenors like Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell. His lyrical subject matter is similarly old-school, and he focuses on roots-and-culture concerns in a mostly upbeat and hopeful style. His second album features rhythms in a variety of styles, and finds him paired with a nice assortment of deejays — most of them impressive (note in particular Icoflamez's excellent performance on the one-drop anthem "Annihilation") and a few of them less so (in particular the awful Iniball on "Could a Never"). Unlike some modern reggae artists, I Wayne is actually at his best when he focuses on the reggae verities and steers clear of experimentation; the lovely "Free the People" makes excellent use of a vintage reggae rhythm, and the album's highlight is a bouncy combination track with Deva Brat on which both singer and deejay dance lightly over a tense high-tempo rocker's beat. When he explores funky non- reggae sounds, as on the album-closing "Natural Ites," the results are less compelling. Recommended overall.


Born: 1980 in Portmore, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Recalling the reggae sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, contemporary roots reggae singer I-Wayne (born Cliffroy Taylor) hails from Portmore, Jamaica. After a string of singles that were minor hits, the singer hit big time with 2004’s cautionary tale “Can't Satisfy Her.” It would land on his 2005 album, Lava Ground, which was followed two years later...
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Book of Life, I Wayne
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  • 6,99 €
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, World
  • Released: 06 November 2007

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