Album-Review: Sizzla – The Scriptures

June 13, 2011

Sizzla’s last two albums for Greensleeves, the Firehouse Crew backed Ghetto Youthology and the Homer Harris compilation Crucial Times have been fairly rootsy affairs. You might think, then, that leaving Greensleeves might send him off in a different direction. Sizzla is never predictable, however, and if anything The Scriptures is even more of a roots record: with producer John John raiding his father King Jammys’ vaults to airbrush old rhythms with a crisp digital gloss.

Also this is a particularly “singy” album. Sizzla’s falsetto singing divides listeners yet here it is cloaked in lots of echo and surrounded by beautiful harmonies from Fiona Robinson, Camar Doyles, Connie Francis and Sherida to pleasing effect.

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