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They don’t call him Mr. Melody for nothing

Jamaican recording artist Singing Melody is back with his sixth studio album. Actually his first in ten years. During this time he has been singing in the all-star vocal quartet L.U.S.T and working as a promoter.

They Call Me Mr. Melody is produced by award-winning Tony “CD” Kelly and Lynford “Fatta” Marshall alongside Donovan Germain and Skatta Burrell. These four have a huge rate of successful singles and albums behind them. And this album might be predestined for a booming future as well.

It’s well-produced and jam-packed with bright melodies and catchy hooks. Singing Melody has a rich voice and sings from the heart with confidence.

This is a smooth and sophisticated album built mainly on one drop riddims with an RnB feel to them, but with one excursion into dancehall, one into ska and one into some kind of European David Guetta-styled house.

The tight reggae groove in the Stacious combination Must Be the Girl, with its hands in the air and wave them back and forth type of chorus, is one of several highlights. Others include Lymie Murray duet Reggae to the Bone on Coxsone Dodd’s Please Be True riddim and the heartfelt Call it the Blues.

They Call Me Mr. Melody is a mature set and something of a reggae equivalent to adult oriented rock.

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Sugary and uneven from Sanchez

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.

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