Romain Virgo – The Gentle Man

by Mar 18, 2024Artist, Reviews

Romain Virgo - The Gentle Man

Release Info

Label
VP Records
Format
CD / DR
Street date
March 1, 2024
Contact
Website Record Label

Tracklist

01. Been There Before feat. Masicka
02. Switch You On
03. Good Woman
04. I Believe feat. Patoranking
05. Want You Now
06. Red Dress
07. Driver
08. No Curfew
09. Take It Or Leave It
10. Just Like That
11. Bridges feat. Jesse Royal
12. You Must Pay feat. Capleton

one-drop megastar

If you’re a fan of the man whose album we’re about to get into, your prayers were answered ths month when one-drop megastar, Romain Virgo gave the masses what is arguably one of the most anticipated new releases of 2024, in his new long player, The Gentle Man. Perhaps no artist outside of his fellow heartthrob, Christopher Martin has dominated contemporary reggae as the St. Ann Parish, born Virgo has. Since dropping his last album, 2018’s Lovesick, all he’s done is release nothing but hits, dominate riddim compilations, and tour internationally while establishing his place among some of the greatest lovers rock singers to ever do it. I honestly don’t ever recall NOT liking a Virgo chune, as his voice is among one of my personal favorites.

honey-sweet delivery

Blessed with a honey-sweet delivery, The Gentle Man seeks to capitalize on RV’s absence and set the tone for the approaching transition to spring vibes. Opening up with the smooth, head-nodding Been There Before, Virgo chronicles his ascension to the top of the game with a blazing assist from Masicka, and instantly reintroduces himself to those who may have suffered a spell of temporary amnesia. Following that up, Switch You On, much like the opener, shows RV’s versatility without having to instantly lean on his lover’s prowess as a crutch, and I can bet the house his fans are here for it. In fact, it’s not until halfway through the album that he even ventures into one-drop territory with the splendid Red Dress. It’s at this point I begin to shake my head in disbelief at just how ridiculously dope this man is. I honestly didn’t even need to speculate further on how I was going to view this album, but subsequent bangers No Curfew, Take It Or Leave It and Just Like That, essentially made my decision for me. Add to that a few more well-placed collabos in I Believe, featuring Nigerian reggae artist Patoranking, Bridges alongside Jesse Royal, and the closer, You Must Pay with the Profit himself, Capleton, and I’ve already cast my vote for album of the year, not even a quarter of the way through 2024.

legend in the making

I truly don’t know if I’ve ever pre-judged an album before it even came out, but I can say with certainty once Virgo dropped the incendiary lead single Good Woman (also on this album) I knew that he was going to deliver a gem. Call it more confidence in him than wishful thinking, but being one of the new leaders of the culture, and adeptly furthering the fire that stalwarts like Sanchez, Lukie D, and Singing Melody started before he was even born, I have no issue proclaiming Romain Virgo a legend in the making. I implore you to pick up this sunshine on wax called The Gentle Man, and keep it close by as the cold weather cedes into summer madness.

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