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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

VARIOUS ARTISTS

By Judson Kilpatrick
Published February 17, 2006

REGGAE GOLD 2002
VP VPCD

On its 10th anniversary, the gold standard of contemporary reggae/dancehall compilations doesn't quite live up to the excellence of years past, but there are plenty of genuine hits. Leading the disc off are Tanto Metro and Devonte's "Give It To Her" and Sean Paul's "Gimme The Light," both of which received major play on urban radio stations and are arguably the biggest dancehall songs of 2002. Elephant Man appears over the same Liquid riddim as "Give It To Her," but with "Shizzle My Nizzle" instead of than "Log On." Actually, the majority of the compilation is devoted to the relatively hardcore DJ style, including solid cuts by Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Buju Banton and Bounty Killer. The singers, though, are well represented by stirring roots-style gems by Beres Hammond, Warrior King and Luciano (with Capelton), plus Terry Linen's sweet remake of R. Kelly's "The World's Greatest" (from the Ali film). A bonus disc features a non-stop mix by DJ Karim with plenty of chatting. All in all, it's a worthy purchase for anyone interested in what's heating up the dancehalls today.