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Editors’ Notes

Save for Damian Marley’s smash hit “Welcome To Jamrock,” few contemporary reggae songs are able to capture the depth charge of the genre’s 1970s golden age recordings, but Rob Symeonn’s “Chosen One” has the gravity of a classic roots thunderclap. An anvil-heavy rhythm anchors Symeonn’s Rasta forewarnings, as flourishes of melodica, rim shot echoes, and drilling keyboard call to mind classic productions from King Tubby and Glen Brown. Rather than succumb to the hyperactive dancehall trends that currently dominate the direction of Jamaican music, this Flatbush, Brooklyn resident recorded an album full of dread proclamation and devotional praises. “Message In The Music,” “Stumbling Block,” and “Empress” are all productions whose vintage is more 1977 than 2007, while “Free” is a stirring reworking of Keith Hudson’s woozy “Michael Talbot Affair” rhythm from 1974. For all the regard he shows his forebears, Chosen One succeeds as an album of the present. This isn’t so much a throwback to 1970s Kingston as it is a soundtrack to Symeonn’s own Flatbush — where one could hear any of these songs spilling from a passing car or an outdoor market on a late Saturday afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Praise To The Chosen One

This album is the much needed shot in the arm for Reggae music. Rob Symeonn has proven that he is indeed THE CHOSEN ONE. His melodic voice commands that you take a hard listen to his message. The smoothe and solid production takes this album to the "next" level. Original and thought-provoking with a KILLER sax on the Empress Instrumental which, by the way, would be at home on the playlist of any Jazz Radio Station AND the awesome power of"Light Of Mine", this album sets a new standard. Let it Shine. If you are looking for something with a real message and a tight production, your search has ended with THE CHOSEN ONE.

Original underground reggae

The Chosen One has an original and refreashing sound to it. Grove to songs like "Light of Mine" and "Empress" in the car or in the crib.

Very refreshing

This album is a collector's item for every reggae lover.

The Chosen One, Rob Symeonn
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: Nov 07, 2006

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