Jamaica’s number one crooner Sanchez put out the Donovan Germain-produced album Now & Forever early last year with the smashing Longing to Come Home.
Now he has another set released. Also produced by Donovan Germain. But the two albums differ in quality.
Now & Forever was mostly self-penned whereas the new album Love You More consists of 12 covers, primarily from RnB artists.
You have mostly silky smooth hit songs in the lovers vein such as Caravan of Love, originally recorded by Isley-Jasper-Isley, Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You, first recorded by George Benson but became a smash hit for Glenn Medeiros, and Love TKO by Teddy Pendergrass.
For me it gets a bit just too smooth. And on top of that Sanchez singing is at times below par, especially in the wailing parts where he sometimes is off-key. It’s a riddle why veteran producer Donovan Germain has let this through. And I know that Sanchez usually sings better than he does on some of the tracks on this album.
It’s a shame that such a talented producer and artist didn’t made more of this album.
A few weeks ago, I interviewed 20-year-old sensation Romain Virgo. In the interview he said he wants to please the ladies with his music. After listening to the self-titled debut, it is easy to say that this is indeed the case. Much of the material has an air of teenage love and many of the songs are lovers rock of the highest class, such as Love Doctor, Should I Call Her and Dark Skin Girl.
Romain Virgo is young, but he sings like he has been in the music business for a decade. He has an amazing control over of his voice and it is clear that he is classically trained. It’s soulful, heartfelt and often heartbreakingly beautiful. However, many of the songs are uplifting and a perfect soundtrack for lazy days on the beach.
Although Romain Virgo has a voice many singers can only dream about, he has had a great help in the producer’s chair. Legendary Donovan Germain has been producing since the 70’s and has worked with stars such as Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths and Buju Banton. On this album he’s behind most of the songs, gems such as Mi Caan Sleep and Who Feel It Knows It, a duet with Etana.
But the best track is still Live Mi Life on the revitalized Boops Riddim signed Shane C. Brown, a young and upcoming producer with great talent.
Romain Virgo may be young, but he is already mentioned in the same sentence as established lovers rock stars such as Sanchez and Beres Hammond. A truly great effort and hopefully Romain Virgo continue in the same footsteps as those great singers.