The eccentric Perfect Giddimani showcases his extensive spectrum of styles on his latest album Better Off Dread, a 14 track set with production helmed by a number of different producers from around the world – House of Riddim, Weedy G Soundforce, Dreadsquad and Sly & Robbie, to mention a few.
This is his ninth album and it’s a wicked and wild cocktail of roots reggae, rock, pop, dancehall and hip-hop. And over the course of the album’s 14 tracks Perfect sings, raps, deejays, shouts and whispers. From total aggressiveness to sweet pop choruses and back again.
He also uses lyrics from Yellowman’s classic Nobody Move, Nobody get Hurt, borrows the melody from 80s monster smash hit We Are the World and relicks Augustus “Gussie” Clarke’s mighty Rumours riddim.
But that’s not all. He also makes rock-inspired dancehall as well as mento-inspired ditto.
Certainly this eclectic album would have been even better off without a few tracks. But one thing is sure, it never gets dull or boring.