Jamaican dancehall superstar Sean Paul is back with a new album, following the polished and American Idol-friendly Tomahawk Technique, released in 2012.
Full Frequency opens with the Damian Marley combination Riot, one of the best tracks from last year and one hell of a reggae/dancehall banger. It’s hard, raw and full of vital energy, quite opposite to anything that was offered on Tomahawk Technique.
And so it continues for a number of tracks. The tempo is often high and the amount of glossy and fluffy club bangers can be handled, even though they are too many for my taste. Sean Paul is not Flo Rida or Pitbull. He’s a dancehall artist, and dancehall should be his focus and that’s where he’s at his best. It doesn’t matter if it’s aggressive or smooth, just as long as it is dancehall.
Want Them All is an aggressive combination with Konshens, while Wickedest Style, now with Iggy Azalea on the microphone, is gentle and laid-back. Both excellent, but on their own terms.
With Tomahawk Technique Sean Paul strayed and missed the mark, but on Full Frequency he seems to be on the right track again, even though he needs to step it up even more on the next album.
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