Sunday, 16 June 2013

THE REAL THING: Morgan Heritage's Here Come The Kings deftly fuses melody and message

NOTE WORTHY: The band's latest was worth the wait.

"We owe you continuous good music, and we vow to bring you never-ending, always blazing rockaz music," the Morgan Heritage siblings write to their supporters in the booklet accompanying their new album, Here Come The Kings. Staying true to their word, the iconic band has crafted a fantastic collection of 12 songs that exploit their penchant for rootsy-soulful consciousness, even as they pay homage to musical forebears like Michael Jackson, whose "Girl Is Mine" is wonderfully reinterpreted. 

The overall result is a sonically stellar showcase, aided tremendously by the work of such ace producers as Jason 'J-Vibe' Farmer and Shane Brown of JukeBoxx Productions, whose wizardry on "The Return" is one of the album's most irresistible highlights. 

The band unequivocally captures the modern personality of hypnotic, pulsating, feel-good reggae on tracks like "Man Has Forgotten," a hard-hitting jam about going back to basics, the urban-flavoured "Holla" and the compassionate, Don-Corleone-produced ode to struggle and resilience, "Ends Nah Meet," riddled with social commentary. 

Elsewhere, lead singer Peeta's vocals dazzle on the self-explanatory "Perfect Love Song" while Shaggy puts in a brief but memorable appearance on "Love Stoned." 

By all appearances, Here Come The Kings was well worth the five-year wait and offers ample proof of Morgan Heritage's commitment to excellence while providing yet another potent sample of the artistic odyssey they're on. Tyrone's Verdict: A

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