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Album Review

Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler, still has his unique, laid-back delivery and effortless off-the-beat phrasing going for him. His voice-a whiny tenor that has never played a very big part in his international allure-is starting to go, however, and his pitch is no longer always reliable. Worst of all, where he used to sound cool and relaxed, he's now starting to sound just plain tired; on this set of King Jammy-produced tracks, he occasionally gives the impression of struggling to stay awake. That's not a completely unpleasant effect, and his languid voice actually contrasts nicely with the relentless rockers beat on "Gone Is the Love" and with the militant theme of "Rude Boy in a Penitentiary." But on "Lady of Your Caliber" (the type of loverman tune that used to be his bread and butter) his approximate pitch and limp delivery undermine the intended romantic effect. All in all, this disc is a disappointingly mixed bag.


Born: 15 July 1951 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of Jamaica's most beloved vocalists who was as pertinent in dancehalls as he was in bedrooms, Gregory Isaacs' career stretched over 30 years. From the heady days of reggae through lovers rock, a genre he virtually invented, his talent reached into the modern age. Born in the Fletcher's Land area of Kingston, Jamaica, on July 15, 1951, Isaacs arrived in the music business via the talent show circuit, a tried and true formula for many of the island's budding singing stars. Byron Lee was the first...
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Turn Down the Lights, Gregory Isaacs
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, World
  • Released: 24 August 1999

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