Richie Spice is one of the most consistent album artists from Jamaica in recent years. Almost all of his four studio albums have had a very high standard. And his new album – Book of Job – is no exception.
The title hints of the Bible and, according to the press release, Richie Spice chose the name because of “his commitment to creating uplifting music, which is as unwavering as Job’s faith was while enduring his many hardships.”
Book of Job is certainly a very conscious album with mainly two themes represented –praising women and praising God.
Richie Spice has previously worked with well acclaimed producers such as Clive Hunt and Bobby “Digital” Dixon. He also cut the masterpiece Di Plane Land for Kemar “Flava” McGregor in 2008, a tune that was included on the album Gideon Boot released the same year.
The album includes 12 tunes, all on well executed one drop riddims. And this suits Richie Spice’s raspy and rugged voice very well. It also contradicts quite nicely to the clean and powerful backing vocals.
Some of the tunes are previously released, while others are new efforts. The catchy Yap Yap is reminiscent of Old Macdonald Had a Farm and the anthemic Soothing Sound, on the Indiscretion riddim, is among the album’s several highlights.
Book of Job is soothing your soul and you don’t want to turn it down. It’ll keep the fire burning and make you want to play reggae music night and day, as Richie Spice might have put it.
The album hit the streets on Tuesday March 15th.