VP Records-Walboomers Music
October 24 - 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 5|
It's been quite a while since Lady Saw delivered an album of her own... the 1998 released "99 Ways". But now, after a break that lasted much too long, she returns to reclaim her throne. Lady Saw is the undisputed queen of dancehall with the stage show and memorable lyrics to prove it. She has earned her stripes in the male dominated field of dancehall with sharp wit, great charm and a unique beauty that pulls it all together. She is a male fantasy and a female champion. Lady Saw's influence with female and male performers has spawned notable collaborations with Beenie Man, Vitamin C and the Grammy winning "Underneath It All" with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt among others. Her latest release is harder than hard and sharper than sharp and she calls it simply "Strip Tease". The album with its cutting edge hardcore lyrics and top of the bill riddims marks the re-emergence of Lady Saw. With this brand new album she definitely takes it back to the roots for dancehall fans that know and love her harder side on previous released tunes like "Back Shot", "Stab Out The Meat", "Good Wuk", "Hice It Up" and "No Long Talking". Musically we're treated to pure hardcore dancehall with just a couple of crossover tracks around, probably to prevent monotony. Lyrically she's raunchy, slack, x-rated and very funny, the main ingredients of most of her efforts that actually helped establishing her name. "Strip Tease" features some noteworthy collaborations. There's the one with Sizzla, a wayward tune called Good Love produced by Marion Hall's (Lady Saw's real name) on/off partner producer John John. For the same producer she does a duet with Voice Mail called Move Your Body. Dave Kelly is an excellent producer and Lady Saw delivers a fine version over Dave's "Fiesta" riddim. Boom tune Lock It Up comes on the hot "Scoobay" riddim and Messed Up is across Sly and Robbie's excellent "Big Up" riddim. My Dreamz is a nice R'n'B flavored tune. Extremely raw and XXXX are Pretty Pussy, Best Pum Pum and Cocky Liquor. Production credits go to Dave Kelly, King Jammy's sons Lloyd "John John' and Trevor "Baby G" James, Sly Dunbar, Richard "Richie D" Martin, Troyton Rami, Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett and Renaissance's Delano Thomas.Teacher & Mr. T.