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Busy Signal steps out with 'Reggae Music Again'

By Bianca Roach
Associated Press / April 24, 2012
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Busy Signal, "Reggae Music Again" (VP Records)

Busy Signal shines in a new light on "Reggae Music Again," showing a stark contrast to his reputation as a hardcore dancehall DJ.

Paying homage to his roots, the Jamaican artist cleverly changes his style, showing growth and versatility over 14 tracks on this multi-layered album.

Recorded in Kingston's Tuff Gong studios and produced by Shane Brown and his legendary father Errol Brown, the album presents a collection of songs filled with love, hope and liberation.

From dancehall to reggae and lovers rock, Busy Signal feeds his listeners a different energy, singing with confidence and meaningful lyrics that fans can relate to.

The upbeat opener "Run Weh" is a passionate commentary on social issues such as skin bleaching, and on title track "Reggae Music Again," he remembers the good old Jamaica. Over a refreshing modern beat he sings: "Remember when, way back then, positivity was the message we send, no man no pretend, from the root to the stem, it used to be Jamaica, no problem."

Ladies will find delight in tracks "Come Over," with its catchy lyrics sung over a delicate hint of Auto-Tune, and "Royal Night" -- both perfect examples of signature lovers rock grooves.

The old-school vibe of "119," featuring Anthony Red Rose and Joe Lickshot, and the brassy "Fireball" are sure to be enjoyed for a long time to come, pleasing roots fans proud of their music heritage.

This record proves Busy Signal has found his niche without straying too far from his comfort zone, and he has executed with ease the ability to blend contemporary with traditional.

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: "Come Over" -- If this song doesn't motivate you to nod your head and/or sway your hips, nothing will.

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