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Maverick A Strike

Finley Quaye

1997

Maverick A Strike

Album Summary

Maverick a Strike is the debut studio album by Scottish musician Finley Quaye. It was released on 6 August 1997 through 550 Music and Epic Records. The album spawned five singles: "Sunday Shining", "Even After All", "It's Great When We're Together", "Your Love Gets Sweeter", and "Ultra Stimulation", all of which charted on the UK Singles Chart. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. The album has been certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

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Rating

2.86

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4697

Genres

  • Reggae
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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

I have some issues with Maverick A Strike. Finley Quaye's take on dub and reggae is so light it almost floats away; he makes someone like Alpha Blondy look like an exemplar of hardcore roots reggae, which takes some doing. While I was listening to this album, my immediate thought was, \"This is some Brit pretending to be a Jamaican,\" and it turns out that I was almost right. Finley Quaye is actually a born and bred Scot. He can't even claim to be a 2nd generation Jamaican because his dad was born in London and has Ghanaian roots. Now, this is not the same as what bands like The Specials were doing, because it was clear they were playing Brit fanboy versions of their favorite music. Rather, Finley Quaye is trying to pass himself off as a Jamaican singer. This is a little like someone putting on a Southern drawl to sing country when they were raised in Newark, NJ or Michael McDonald trying to sing soul. To be clear, I'm not offended or anything. Hey, if Finley Quaye can pull it off, more power to him. And he almost can, but his singing is by far the weakest element in Maverick A Strike. I suspect you could throw a rock in Jamaica and hit someone with more dub and reggae skills.Which brings me to the music itself. While, compositionally speaking, these songs are as simple as nursery rhymes, they sound amazing. I fully expected to find some star producer calling the shots in the background, but surprisingly, given his weakness as a singer, all of this is due to Finley Quaye himself! He arranged all of the tunes and wrote the originals. And the band consists of his buddies instead of studio musicians. His half-brother was a guitarist with Elton John, so that gives some indication of the pool of talent he had available. And you've got to give credit to Quaye for how tastefully and naturally he has managed to incorporate rock, soul, pop, and triphop touches into the dub and reggae. I've never heard this particular combination of genres--it's wholly original, and pretty darned cool. And the sound! There isn't one horrible sounding synth patch anywhere! The horns and strings are tastefully arranged, never overwhelming the slight songs.If Quaye had been as gifted a composer and singer as he is a producer and arranger, Maverick A Strike would have been a masterpiece, but I'm sorry to report that, as it is, Maverick A Strike is just listenable.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Feel like I should be sat drinking lattes and reading the guardian in a penthouse flat in Chorlton on a Sunday morning in the 90's.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
1

This album struck a wrong chord with me, a Scottish musician with Ghanaian roots playing pseudo reggae with a fake Jamaican accent. I was born in Jamaica so I just found it to be so wrong from the get go. This was a big miss for me

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Fantastic album👌🏽 The track Even After All was especially good.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

Quite enjoyed it, a groover for sure, lots of tracks that get better as you listen to them start to hypnotize the ears. Standout Tracks: It's Great When We're Together, Ride On and Turn the People On, The Way of the Explosive, Supreme I Preme, I Need a Lover

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Mon Jul 12 2021
1

This is the first 1 I've encountered where I was completely unfamiliar with the subject matter. The vocals feels completely divorced from the music and both are absolutely inane. This is directionless and passionless and reflective of bad 90s reggae in general. I have no idea how this made the list.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Super mellow and smooth, especially for a Sunday afternoon. Very chill with hypnotic (but not numbing) vocals.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

Though it came out in `97, I always associate this album with the middle of 1998. At the time, this album along with Eagle Eye Cherry's Desireless and Ian Brown's Unfinished Monkey Business were my Sunday afternoon chill out albums. Shaking off the hangover from the night before they hit the rest button before I went off and did it all again. I remember getting paid out for liking these albums but they were important to me at the time. Listening with fresh ears after not having played Maverick a Strike for over a decade, the parts I loved are still as good as I remember. Flawed in places, it still deserves the acolasdes it got in Britain and I wish it took off more in Australia.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Surprisingly tolerable

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

I was not familiar with this guy and really liked this, particularly on a sunny Sunday.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Un mélange de soul et de reggae sur fond d'ustensiles de cuisine ; Finley Quaye a réussi son pari. Tout y passe : les casseroles, les poêles, la râpe à fromage... on peut même entendre un épluche-légume marquer le rythme sur plusieurs morceaux. Un véritable tour de force.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Ah, more like it, some traditional Scottish music. It's the sound of late 90s sophistication again. Nice enough lite reggae with a sprinkling of trip hop. Inoffensive.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

It's very pleasant. Sunny. Lyrics not always sunny. Like the production in headphones. Red Rolled and Seen is good. Sone interesting stuff going on here.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

I don't know what's more interesting - the cultural history of the Ga-Dangbe ethnic group of Ghana, from which Quaye's father is from; or the fact that Quaye once headbutted a terminally ill friend in an argument over Game of Thrones. I'll tell you what is not most interesting. This album. I mean, I think he probably thought he was making interesting music, but I didn't find it interesting.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

Pretty chill reggae, but including this while having 0 Toots & The Maytals albums should be illegal.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

Loved it

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Definitely in the top ten of my favourite albums of the 90s. An absolute Eton Mess of styles and sounds all mashed together deliciously.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Amazing album!

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Dope

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Zonnige zomervibes en feel good reggae muziek. Met veel plezier naar geluisterd

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

This one is nostalgic for me

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Loved listening to this again.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Smooooooth AF

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Super quality reggae, much needed

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

quite nice and musically not just the simple cliche reggae everyone knows

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Damn good reggae tunes

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Like it. No stand out songs, but overall good-mood music. Probably liked Sunday Shining best.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

A good Reggae album

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Jammy, psychedelic reggae. I liked it.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

false

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

🌴

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

This one is going on the playlist

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Solid reggae grooves

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Reggae muy fino, estoy seguro que le encantaría a mi Johnny Greenwood.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Grooooovy (reggaeish)

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

Would be 3 now, 5 when it came out. Not dated that well as I find the voice a bit irritating

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

I enjoyed this way more than I expected I would. Great beats and fun vibes all around.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Liked it! A little groovy, liked his voice. Sunday Shining was my favorite song.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Fun album with innovative production, and a great vocalist. Didn't blow me away but still a great album!

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Fantastic find

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

I didnt know what to make of this album - but loved it, some really great tracks on it. A great discovery this one.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Pretty catchy smooth jazzy.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Great album. Really enjoyed listening to this one again.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Finley has a beautiful voice and knows how to write catchy tunes. I had "The Sun is Shining' on high rotation back in the day and there are a bunch of other great songs here, though the CD is a bit front-end loaded. He dips in and out of reggae the way k-os dips in and out of rap.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

I've never heard of this dude at all, but this music is great. Right up my alley. Some cool funk/reggae vibes.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Meh, some bangers bood as a whole not that good

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

I don't know much 'modern' reggae and don't often listen to it, but this is good stuff. I can see myself listening again in the right mood.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Wow! Did not expect this. Fantastic listen

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

This might be the most recent reggae album I've ever listened to. Really deep grooves here.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Nearly gave this 5 stars for sentimental reasons, spent many a hazy afternoon listening to this in the 90's. Really enjoyed playing it again.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Loved it. I knew Quaye from Massive Attack and Tricky, but this was the first time I have listened to this album. Sunday Shining must have been on a soundtrack or mix tape or something. Def a good bop. Very listenable album, but some of the tracks were just a little too empty of sonic or emotional value to make this a true five. A *lot* of highlights, though.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I dig this, smooth, mellow

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Great album, r&b, reggae influences

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

gosh i love when i am caught off guard for an album! this album was so mellow to listen to. perfect for a workday. some real gems could be found--"sunday shining" is such a beautiful song, full of hope. "i need a lover" reminds me deeply of prince. i love this combination of blues, reggae, soul, jazz in this album. such creativity! i am looking forward to listening to this again.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

I'd never heard of Finlay Quaye before and did not know what to expect. I found it an absolute delight, a terrific mix of reggae and pop unlike anything else I've heard. Really enjoyed it.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

I wasn't expecting much from this but really enjoyed it. It sounds very Bristol influenced. A bit dubby, a bit trip-hoppy. Thumbs up. Smiley face. Sun is shining emoji.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

This is a really nice discovery. Fantastic mix of reggae and trip hop that sounds amazing. Beautiful production and I love his voice; sort of a mix between Winston Rodney's gravely intensity and Gregory Isaac's silky smoothness. 4.5 🌟

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

A dub and reggae album with flourishes of the then-contemporary sounds; this is a rather ambitious and auspicious debut album from 1997, a year chock full of ambitious albums that looked toward the future rather than mine from the past. Maverick A Strike seems to have gone under the radar, which is a shame seeing as though it is looking to be re-discovered and re-evaluated as it should. A hidden gem, for sure. Favorites: Ultra Stimulation, It's Great When We're Together, Sunday Shining, The Way of the Explosive, Your Love Gets Sweeter, Sweet and Loving Man.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Let's be honest, it's soft rock/Reggae from a Scotsman trying to sing with a Jamaican accent. The singing could also be better. That being said, there are some great chill songs here, the composition and musicianship is great.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

NICE TUNES

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Would revisit

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Great vibe.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Tracks 1-5 are all undeniable bangers. This is way better than I remember (I think I borrowed it off a mate, taped Sunday Shining and Love Gets Sweeter and bunned off the rest of the album as boring). The second half of the album may have justified my young opinion, but this album was SO strong out of the gates it's still great.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

I wasn't in the mood for this style of music at all today but it was still a good listen.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Knew nothing going in, and its pretty atmospheric and interesting. Closer to a 3.5

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Mon Oct 12 2020
3

Don't listen to much reggae but I enjoyed this

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Wed Sep 23 2020
3

I enjoyed the album, and having only known a bit about Finley Quaye it was great to hear his sound in what seems to be the highlight of his career. Some of the songs I had recognized prior and enjoyed, but overall I think it was a good mix. There were a couple of songs I wasn't as invested in hence the 3*.

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Funky mon!

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

it's great when we're together

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Pretty good. Not earth shattering, but good.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

muy buen Soft con una producción muy nítida y canciones bastante digeribles aunque al final va cayendo lentamente Esto es lo que pueden hacer unos hermanos que si se quieren y no tienen problemas de ego Sorpresa ver que son los de Don't dream it's over

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Es un escocés cantando Reggae. ¿No es suficiente para explicar por qué este disco es importante? Creo que el disco sería mejor si se quitaran unas 3 o 4 canciones. Tiene algunas muy interesantes, como “Ultra Stimulation”, pero siento que se pierden entre varias que son tediosonas.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Some good tracks mixed with some misses

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Initially it is ok I am not crazy about it so far. Very chill vibes though. The more I listen the more I like it. I was not expecting reggae

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Quisiera ponerle más pero no se puede. Sí me gustó pero mnada más.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

ehhhhh...i mean...i dunno, i like the bass. not my style, but it's, you know, fine.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

I have no idea why this album totally escaped my radar back in the day, but it's an enjoyable one, totally capturing the essence of those late 90's years. Would listen to it again.

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Sun May 30 2021
3

good but thats it

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

just a lot more reggae

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Es como reggae. No está mal. Pero es un poco rollo al final.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

First "reggae" album here and, although I don't knew the artist, it's easy to note the innovations brought by the artist in the '90s that are used until today.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Tranquilo, con ritmo y con toques reggae

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Bob Marley 'cover' is interesting

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Totally fine and listenable but not sure why it’s on this list. More of 7 out of 10 but bumping it down just to being a bit bland

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

it was pretty good, but i am not the biggest fan of this style of reggae. I liked Your Love Gets Sweeter and Sunday Shining the best.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Hmm nja nä inte riktigt min grej, gick att lyssna på, rätt chill men ikke bra va... hmmm 3 tror jag

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

Front four tracks impeccable for me and the rest is really nice although some barely registers - still on rotation today. It’s great when we’re together is suchhhh a tune. Heart says four but got to go with the very very strong ⭐️⭐️⭐️ it deserves

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

I wanted to give it a 4 as there are some absolute belters on this, but the weaker tracks are pretty awful. There was no need for this album to have 13 songs on it. Bloated with filler.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Decent album - sun is shining is a tune. Voice grates after a while.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Knew one of these songs. It’s fine. Interesting.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

A fine blend of reggae roots and rock. Finley has found a way to generate real music from his experiences that can have some impact, although it is debatable how much.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

adequate reggae music

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

3.5

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Thu May 27 2021
3

I could see enjoying this if I were high. This is definitely good, but definitely not my jam.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Soul songs with a reggae vibes and a bit of post-grunge thrown in the mix. Undeniably 90's, but Mr. Quaye has a beautiful voice and we get a bit of psychedelic elements in the middle of the record to mix things up. Quite good honestly.

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Pretty nice vibe. Very new Sound for me

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Mon May 10 2021
3

not the biggest fan of reggae. :(

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Interesting vibes and some pretty groovy tracks, would listen again.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Interesting. Not bad. Never heard of this before. I am sure it will just get better each time I hear it. This is a nice refreshingly different sound. Little reggae mixed with some rock.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

My initial reaction to this wasn't great, but I found it grew on me. More going on but instrumentally and vocally than the pop-reggae first impression suggests.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

At first, I was pretty harsh on this album, but as I listened more, I started to soften to it. The soft reggae rock vibes it puts out are pretty great, and though I initially thought it was just a mediocre voice combined with mediocre lyrics, I found myself being carried away by the melodies. Sometimes it was too heavy, and I think those moments take away from the lighter ones, which really make the album.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

ja man

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

nice sound

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

I was excited by this one as I had the album when it came out. But was still disappointed. Also though it was Maverick Strike with no A - you live and learn

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

There is a breezy light feel to the album and some memorable tracks (Sunday Shining, Even After All), the arrangements are pleasant and the musicianship is great. Overall, though, there’s not enough consistency to make this a great album but is a noble effort nevertheless.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

It was fine, kinda of weird. I liked some songs, but then other just seemed repetitive.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

First song is pretty shit, but the second one kinda picks up some feeling. This is actually really good. Had some really good ones like Sunday shining, Your love gets sweeter and supreme I preme. so it's a half half to me 3.5

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Easy listening

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Blah blah blah

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

While I don’t find the music particularly engaging, I do like the reggae voice. I like it even more that it’s not paired with stereotypical reggae beats. I would definitely listen to this again if someone else puts it on.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

This was pretty cool. I think it's definitely more of a collective vibe that a collection of songs? I'm not sure if there's any songs I'd pick out in particular but I enjoyed it a lot regardless - a strong 3

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

A bit of good reggae, a bit of chill rock... I'm not surprised that this did well in New Zealand! It makes me think of Fat Freddy's Drop. Not quite my vibe but it's pretty good for what it is. My top pick is 'Supreme I Preme' but I also liked the title track and 'Your Love Gets Sweeter'.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Starts out a typical reggae album… sidesteps into straight rock… and then proceeds to mix the two throughout? While the vocals did wear on me after a while, this LP managed to keep me on my toes for its entire runtime with an eclectic mix of genres that somehow works way better than it should.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

6/10

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Lots of heart and actually quite a variety of sounds from this album. Happy to listen to it again.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

No idea what to expect with this, and the album cover doesn't give too much clue as to what's inside. Now I'm listening and I'm sure not sure what to make it. The first song is like Bob Marley meets inspector gadget? It's Great When We're Together is appealing, gets a heart. Sunday Shining is good. But by Even After All the forced accent and thin reedy voice is starting to grate. The groove through these songs is simple but quality, the music does its part. But the vocals don't float like they need to if this reggae / jazz mashup is going to work. A star for the music, a star for the originality, a star for the generally positive vibe. On the plus side I learned the word trip-hop so that's something.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Quality album, shame there was no more.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

02/02/2022 Nice little album to kick-back and listen to on a sunny weekend.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Unconventional mixture of reggae, retro-soul, African root beats and current DJ rhythms. (6/10) FT: It's Great When We're Together

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Pleasant enough reggae album with lashings of acid jazz, trip-hop, pop, jazz, soul and rock vibes. Smooth but slight. Inoffensive.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Who knew reggae music could come out of Scotland? I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The artist and album seem relatively unknown compared to others that have crossed this project. I am not super familiar with the reggae genre, but this album felt very light and was easy to listen to; it brightened up a cloudy, gloomy day, and I'm sure would make a sunny day feel even sunnier. For whatever reason, "Sunday Shining" was a big hit with me; I haven't stopped listening to it!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

My younger sister was into reggae, and despite her best efforts it really never “took” for me. A Scottish singer singing with a Jamaican accent? I’m not sure how I feel about that. The production of the music was good. There was some variety in the songs that was welcome. This hasn’t won me over to reggae music. It was pleasant enough but I’m not motivated to listen to this again.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Another new artist for me. When the album started with a reggae style, I was not very optimistic. However, I really got into the sound and was groovin' right along. Then about halfway through the album, it lost my attention...and never regained it.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

The wheels really fell off this one. I started off enjoying it and then suddenly it was just waffling on with no discernable melodies.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Odd thing, grew on me a bi

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Good combination of genres( reggae and pop) but the songs are just mid in my opinion. Also the dudes Scottish not Jamaican lol

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

Interesting but more like an album of demo

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Surprisingly ok reggae

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Sun May 01 2022
3

I'd meant to listen to this album for about 20 years and when I finally did, about 4 months prior to getting it pop up on this list, I was so disappointed to hear it wasn't some kinda killer rock album but just some sunshine-y positive vibes mon kinda reggae thang.

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Fri May 06 2022
3

first listen great vibes and atmosphere, but not enough variety for me

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Leuk. Al kan ik me voorstellen dat je er op een slecht moment laaiend van kunt worden.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Het is allemaal wel braaf en de veilige weg, maar heb toch wel aardige dingen gehoord.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Het helpt ook echt dat de Sun is Shining

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Nice Debut from this gifted singer and composer. I love "Even After All" & "Your Love Gets Sweeter" Shame this seems to be the highlight of his career, I know that he was touted by the stars for big things. Wonder what happened Finlay? I understand he has fallen on hard times. Not sure if this merits inclusion on this list though?

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Kinda unusual reggae/soul something

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

I thought it was fine. I liked the back half more than the front

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Listened Before? N Unique without being art-rock? Check. An eclectic sound? Check. A singer that has a good voice? Check. I really liked this one. It's kind of forgettable overall, just because there's no pure bangers here, but very listenable. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Supreme I Preme

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Норм, не запомнилось

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Reggae from Scotland, not a combination I would have ever expected. But regardless of that novelty, it was a fairly decent album

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Interesting to see him hailing from Scotland, but the album’s songs fail to leave an impression. I personally prefer the more grassroots reggae from the 70s.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Wasn't bad, but I couldn't get over the Scotsman trying to sound Jamaican.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Easy to listen to on a nice summers day, with good beats and vibes. Personally the album as a whole doesn’t grab me but absolutely love the standout track Sun is shining, which bumps the album up to 3 stars

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

I liked this more than I expected to

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Yea not bad

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Overall enjoyable, sans plus

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

3-

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Didn't hate it but its a one and done for me.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Not bad

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Funkade bra, hehe funk

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Decent chill reggae-esque sound. A fun bop but beyond that that’s about it.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

This is a great record. Definitely has its faults (not least the questions around Quayle’s authenticity in assuming the role of reggae vocalist), but there’s some great tracks on here and the production is stellar. The real dilemma I was pondering centred around this album’s place on a list of 1001 records to hear before you die. And ultimately, while I accept arguments to the contrary, it’s a great representation of the direction of traffic for the genre towards the late 90s, incorporating rock and trip hop sounds to make something pretty unique. The latter half is a bit forgettable, but overall I enjoyed this record.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Well, this is coffee shop reggae in my opinion. Inoffensive, and a little lackluster at parts, but overall ok.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

At the time I really like this and although I get and agree the comments about the wannabe Jamaica gangsta pose are a put off there's still a few great tracks on here. The style is pretty light and breezy and easy to listen to. Not really Reggae but a smorgasbord of things he's thrown in there.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Eh

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Tue Nov 15 2022
3

Listened to this on a cold, dark November Monday morning so it wasn’t exactly the best setting for a reggae album. Nothing too memorable but nothing bad either, chill enough, good voice, good vibes. 3 stars

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

got bored halfway through tbh

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Was alright for a bit but got really boring

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Bastante bastante bastaaaaante aburrido disco. El raggae lo tolero en dosis controladas y agregarle su ondita triphop o lo que sea no le ayudó nada. No le veo mayor caso de estar en la lista (vamos, ni en Wikipedia está el disco) pero igual rescato una rola (Your Love Gets Sweeter) que de hecho hasta ha sido covereada.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Strike this off the list. I just wasn’t in the mood, which is fine, but I tried. Generic reggae turned into WTF?!? I heard enough.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

Era regae? era Pop.... era Regae-pop... Igual no me terminó de convencer.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Dope album of modern reggae. I was really groovin' on this one.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

This is not for me.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

I don't get it. I little weird alternative funk reggae. Nothing too unpleasant but nothing i really want to listen to again.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

Fine. Unremarkable.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Finales de los 90, suena bien. Me trae recuerdos el Sunday Shining pero puedes morirte sin haberlo escuchado.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
2

Feo feo

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

false

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

Not as bad as I was expecting considering it's reggae. Only knew 1 song

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

A pleasant enough listen, but didn't really grab me.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

This album looks like it smells bad.Thank god I only have to listen to it once. Best Tracks: Ultra Stimulations, Sunday Shining, Your Love Gets Sweeter

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

Three great tunes, the rest is 100% filler. Listening with a critical ear you could have predicted his critical downward spiral due to his anemic lyrics.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Безликая аморфная масса регги-попса, положительные моменты которой не вытягивают альбом даже на середняк. Более того, некоторые моменты скорее раздражают. Кто-то, может, скажет, что это - треки для расслабления. Но, внимание, вопрос, нахуя врубать аморфную массу, когда можно врубить внятную чиловую музыку? Или сразу ASMR на худой конец. Радует: Supreme I Preme Душит: Ultra Stimulation

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

ну. что-то в этом, наверное, есть, и какого-то своего слушателя это находит. Но для меня это вообще самый худший вид музыки, даже в концепции. Какое-то водянистое регги с дебильной наркоманской улыбкой на лице, скрипучим и одновременно писклявым вокалом, отсутствием внятной структуры, а также припевов, проигрышей и вообще чего бы то ни было цепляющего. Ну да, песни 2 и 3 в целом напоминают обычные песни с претензией на хитовость, но весь остальной материал — это болото какое-то, завеса непродыхаемого конопляного дыма и ленивых спокен-вордов поверх унылой музыки. С трудом заставил себя дослушать.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

mais qui diable écoute et apprecie le reggae, quelles sont vos revendications, laissez nous tranquille par pitié

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

Cheesy Reggea, Even after all allerdings großer Hit. Mir auf Dauer bisschen zu seicht.

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Sun May 16 2021
2

is pleasant reggae

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Mon May 17 2021
2

This genre wasn't my style.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
2

Dull and uninspiring. Some decent (not great) tracks that blend reggae and soul: "Ultra Simulation", "Sunday Shining", "Even After All", and "Your Love Gets Sweeter". But everything else is utter garbage.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
2

2/5

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Fri Jul 23 2021
2

Had not heard of this artist or heard his music before. It's nicely done - kind of pop-reggae (I think that's how to describe it?), with some nice grooves. After most of the tracks, things kind of blending together, maybe a little to same-sounding, but it's not bad. Don't think I'll come back to it or seek out his other work, but glad I got to hear it.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Just OK

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

I should like this since it's largely reggae (or at least reggae-adjacent), but it's not doing it for me.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Not great. I liked "Sunday Shining" and that's it. Completely forgot about that song until I heard it again. Probably going to forget about the rest of these songs real quick.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Pretty meh album. Definitely not pop closer to reggae but didn’t feel like it had enough to be something special. Got through it but didn’t feel excited to hear it again. 4.4/10

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

so boring

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Finley Quaye asks the listener if they would like a little more straight reggae to go with their trip-hop, and I think I can live without it. He's got a pretty good voice for the music, and the album has its moments when it moves its needle closer to the dub end of the spectrum, but the lyrics are a little too repetitive (drink every time you hear "ultra," "satellite," "sonic," etc.) and there's a lot of simply unremarkable music to be found here. My best guess as to how this record could've possibly ended up on this list (beyond a bias towards UK artists) is that its radio-friendliness serves as an example of trip-hop breaking into the mainstream, but it's not like this album really charted outside the UK. Just listen to his (disputed) cousin Tricky's debut from two years prior. It's much more interesting than this. Key Tracks: Supreme I Preme

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

A lot of forgettable nothing

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Could barely pay attention to it, just real boring.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Couldn't really keep my attention.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

no idea lol

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Wed Oct 13 2021
2

It's a Scottish dude doing chill reggae. Not as bad as that description, but not good, either. Best track: Even After All

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

This album is like a plane that taxis to the runway but doesn't take off. It seems like the pieces are there and I kept waiting for it to get good but it didn’t come together.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

I wanted to like this album. I like reggae, but I feel like this was very light on the reggae. Just not a fan, overall.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
2

Did not enjoy this much, thought this was a mediocre attempt at fusing reggae with other sounds but it wasn't very successful. His voice is interesting but I didn't enjoy most of the songs

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

I guess for reggae it could have been worse. Just barely.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
2

Ach i dunno ein Song war gut der rest blendet zusammen

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Mon Dec 20 2021
2

The only good song is "Sunday Shining". The other ones pretty much consist of a beat with some talking over it.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

Full Reggae, chiant Sunday Shining bien

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

I can see why this is on the list, it's just not very engaging for me.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

ganska trevligt emellanåt

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