Combinations, combinations and yet another set of combinations. That summarizes the latest Marcia Griffiths album Marcia Griffiths and Friends. This double disc collects 38 (!) unreleased and already put out duets with a veritable who’s who in vintage and contemporary reggae. It’s a mix of original material, relicks of classic riddims and covers of familiar pop songs.
The list of soulful vocal partners goes on and on, while the more rugged voices are too few and far between, even though the incarcerated Buju Banton shows up on five tracks, including standouts Childish Games and Closer.
And it’s usually the tracks where Marcia Griffiths shares vocal duties with a singer with a different style and approach than her own that shines the most, for example Round and Round with Queen Ifrica, Riddim Affi Roll with Lady G or Ready to Go with Tony Rebel.
The slick and polished production is strongly influenced by pop, rock and R&B and is handled by Donovan Germain, a producer with a list of merits going back to the 70’s and tough roots albums by Cultural Roots and Mighty Diamonds.
Marcia Griffiths and Friends is an adult and radio-friendly album that showcases Marcia Griffiths’ solid voice and her strong reputation in the reggae industry.