The Order Of Melchezedik
JahSolidRock / Heartbeat Europe
April 13, 2013

Track list
  1. All My Life
  2. All My Life Version
  3. Faya Pon Dem
  4. Search And You Will Find
  5. Rain Come Falling
  6. Jah In Our Heart
  7. Tumbling Down
  8. One Family
  9. Plant A Tree
  10. Praises To Jah
  11. Hail Up The Roots
  12. Rootical Reprise
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
The old saying "never change a winning team" is primarily associated with sports, but this saying also applies to (reggae) music -- think: the collaboration between artist and producer/production house. Some well known examples from the past are Dennis Brown with Joe Gibbs & Errol T aka the Mighty Two, Johnny Clarke with Bunny 'Striker' Lee, Black Uhuru with Sly & Robbie, Anthony B with Richard 'Bello' Bell of Star Trail, and Luciano with Philip 'Fatis' Burrell & Xterminator Crew.

In more recent times Chezidek and JahSolidRock from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have proven to be a 'winning team'. Three years after the release of their highly acclaimed masterpiece "Judgement Time", Chezidek and JahSolidRock now present their follow up album entitled "The Order Of Melchezedik" (a fitting title as it is obvious that Desbert Johnson took his stage name from this Biblical figure). And again the listener is treated to a crystal clear sounding collection of tunes with quality stamped all over it. The riddims featured on this well balanced collection are recorded by Sam Gilly at House of Riddim in Austria with the exception of the backdrops that underpin "All My Life", "Jah In Our Heart", and "One Family". Except "All My Life" and its "Version", all tracks are mixed and produced by Marc Baronner.

The first two tracks of this album, "All In My Life" and "All In My Life Version", bring to mind the "Judgement Time" set on which no less than six vocal cuts were extended with 'versions'. "All In My Life", recorded by the Skanking Monks in Amsterdam, is a superb effort and thus a great way to start this album. What an opener!! This compelling track instantly makes clear that the listener will be treated to some great musical content. Nothing wrong with that at all. From there the highly-touted Jamaican roots singer, whose vocal dexterity is rooted in the contemplative arena of Hugh Mundell, displays his sensitive tones to good advantage on tracks such as "Search And You Will Find", a tune of sheer beauty, the interesting "Rain Come Falling" with its awesome thumping bass line, the captivating "Jah In Our Heart", and "Plant A Tree", which deals with environmental issues. Of the remaining tracks, each and every one truly worth hearing, it are in particular "Tumbling Down" and the single "Praises To Jah" (featuring Augustus Pablo's son, Addis Pablo, on melodica) that deserve special attention.

Though not fully comparable with its predecessor, "The Order Of Melchezedik" will grab you just as much after only the second listen! Ignore this essential must-have at your peril!!!