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Editors’ Notes

At 17, Romain Virgo became the youngest singer to win the televised Jamaican song contest Rising Stars. The wildly popular competition is something of a Jamaican analogue to American Idol, but few Rising Stars winners have gone one to create music as artistically substantive and emotionally compelling as Virgo, whose self-titled debut evinced surprising depth and maturity. Virgo’s sophomore album, The System, is, if anything, even more accomplished. Virgo’s vocals sound more assured than ever, and he’s backed up by some of Jamaica’s most experienced producers, including Donovan Germaine, Clive Hunt, and the unfailingly innovative Shane “Jukeboxx” Brown. Additionally, Virgo’s songwriting is increasingly nuanced. The System is rich in accounts of day-to-day life in Kingston’s ghettos, including songs like “Minimum Wage” and “Another Day, Another Dollar,” which move well beyond “rough out here” clichés to offer acute dissections of the Jamaican class system. Driving and incisive.

Customer Reviews

big UP!

Great album, BIG UP Romain!

Good to Go!

Romain Virgo didn't disappoint. Great follow up!

"The New Voice of Jamaica"

Jamaica has no shortage of amazing vocalists, but this young man is some kind of special. Virgo commanded my attention with his hauntingly passionate vocals on "Who Feels It Knows It." Since that single, I've looked forward to more and more music from him. 'The System' absolutely delivers, from lovers rock to inspirational grooves for folks facing hardships. It doesn't get better than this in reggae today.

The System, Romain Virgo
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: May 08, 2012

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