Tarrus Riley is one of the most reliable singers in contemporary reggae music, equally at ease with both dancehall and one drop. And as the son of reggae/soul singer Jimmy Riley, his foray into music was almost inescapable.
On Mecoustic – his fourth album to date – Tarrus Riley has taken a new musical direction, and this new style is gospel-influenced and sometimes hymn-like.
It’s a sensitive journey accompanied by soothing acoustic guitar, relaxed bass lines, classy keys, African drumming and delicate horn arrangements.
Mecoustic offers new versions of previously released material, and modern classics such as She’s Royal, Marcus Garvey, System Set, One Two Order and Africa Await get a new warm and angelic treatment.
But these 15 tunes, of which one is a short nyabinghi version of Eye Sight, are more than just versions. Way more. New arrangements and new moods are created for each song. And the result is beautiful, enchanting and very impressive.
With Mecoustic Tarrus Riley secures his rightful place in amid the very best in reggae music, both among his contemporaries as well as the founding fathers.