UK singer Randy Valentine has joined forces with US production teams Royal Order Music and Loud City Music for the sublime and beautiful New Narrative, a nine track set collecting seven vocal cuts, one dub version and a lovely a cappella intro.
New Narrative is a personal album and Randy Valentine guides the listener through his life journey so far. It’s personal and intimate and throughout the set he conveys the power to manifest one’s own destiny and take responsibility for one’s own actions.
The set starts off strong with Randy Valentine being confident in himself singing “spent my whole life searching for myself in a di books, but the greatness of I story has somehow been overlooked” and then one of the greatest songs of 2017 kicks off.
Happiness Station is an ode to life and puts words to the pleasure and joy only music can give. In Trenchtown Rock Bob Marley sang “one good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain”. Very eloquently put. Randy Valentine’s words isn’t a one-liner, but he movingly describes the power of music:
“Happiness station, that’s my destination, happiness station, that’s my destination, cause I feel like celebrating, just put the record on and keep it on rotation, yeah, I just wanna feel the sweetness, coming through the speakers, music a transportation, next stop, is happiness station, and nothing bothers me, that’s the way that it ought to be, don’t you agree”.
And the badabapbadabap in the chorus is just insanely catchy.
New Narrative is Randy Valentine’s third short-playing album and every set has been a minor masterpiece. And this latest one might just be his best one yet.