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Chronixx album review

Postby Carter Van Pelt » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:50 pm

Here's what I wrote about the new Chronixx album

https://coneyislandreggae.wordpress.com ... hronology/

After writing this, I became aware that there is a 1LP vinyl release that resolves some of my criticism - it includes 10 of the 16 tracks that are the digital/CD release.
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby guillaumebougard » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:22 am

Hi

I enjoyed your review
I kinda like the album myself. the first track is a nice rubadub and I like rubadub
my only issue is that I didnt find a catchy single with pp appeal like Is this love or COuld you be loved
that's what he needs to buss internationally
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby edgar » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:43 am

let's put the album full of catchy sing a song Bob Marley covers.. that will do. And lets not forget the karaoke versions !
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby Carter Van Pelt » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:04 pm

Guillaume,

I hear you, but I wasn't even thinking of a pop song on that level being a possibility. Clearly they are going for that kind of crossover on a few of them though. Someone elsewhere pointed out to me the tracklist on the LP version, which is 10 of the better songs out of the 16. That by itself would have gotten a more favorable review from me as a complete work.

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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby jb welda » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:05 pm

Carter what did you think of him at SNWMF a couple weeks ago? Honestly I didn't see what all the hype was about. Totally left me cold with the exception of maybe one song. Maybe this release better reflects whatever magic this guy has but I didn't feel it at all in person

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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby ian » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:00 am

Carter - Thanks for the review, Sadly I agree with nearly all you've written. Since first hearing Warrior back in 2012, I've been a big fan of Chronixx, but have noticed a drop off in quality in the last year or so, which has now been confirmed by this album.

And it's not just that I don't like the softer side of Chronixx, as I think Smile Jamaica is a classic single. A love song that both men and women like, similar to Tarrus Riley's She's Royal. But too many of the new tracks on this album are a bit 'meh' and don't even have a catchy hook to them.

However 2017 has been a good year for new reggae albums so far...

Hempress Sativa - Unconquerebel
Kristine Alicia - Songs From Zion
Spiritual - Awakening
Courtney John - Ecosystem

And we've still got debut albums to come by Samory I, Jesse Royal and Kabaka Pyramid... So fingers crossed for more strong roots releases this year...

Cheers,
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby guillaumebougard » Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:33 am

Shameless self promotion, but Junior Natural's "Militant" album Im releasing this Fall is harder, meaner and badder than all of that. Heavy heavy heavy.

https://soundcloud.com/taxi-records/01-soldiers

https://soundcloud.com/taxi-records/02-the-truth
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby ian » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:13 am

Cheers Guillaume, just listened to the clips and yes good to hear Sly & Robbie pounding out the militant rhythms again. Good luck with the album.

Samory I's debut album 'Black Gold' was released yesterday. Produced by Rory Stonelove it has some really strong roots tracks on it.

Although it doesn't all need to be 'heavy'. I like a bit of light and shade too! Courtney John's new album is a lovely laidback roots reggae album (and he has the most gorgeous voice!)

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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby lankou » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:21 am

Samory I's brand new album is sooo much stronger than Chronixx's ! Versatile in its riddims (and a good dose of heavy ones) and atmospheres, a few nods towards the classic era AND a very distinctive voice - a rarity for how many years ? A little like Jah Mali meeting Waterhouse stylists like Don Carlos or Michael Rose. Some smart lyrics too !
Looking forward to hearing the whole Jr Natural album, nice tune, Sly in top form. But when will european artists really start focusing on their own reality lyrics without taking whole pages off the Jamaican lyrics guidebook? This sort of escapism is questionable : militancy isn't fantasy.
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby jah_vaults » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:59 pm

Check this link for full info on the Samory I Black Gold album. Black Gold being also released on double vinyl Lp https://www.reggaeville.com/artist-deta ... lack-gold/

Samory I Black Gold Interview Listen to interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUzHwZPNpb0

Tracklisting
01. Son of David
02. Rasta Nuh Gangster Listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtVu0gfP9tc
03. No Because
04. Serve Jah
05. Suit & Tie
06. Lost Africans
07. There Is Spirit
08. Black Gold
09. Weed
10. Power
11. Fear of Jah
12. Is It Beause I'm Black (Listen Live version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h86tiqpabJY)
13. Rastaman

Respect to Samory I good works & not forgetting Rory Stone Love :lol:
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby johnnyB » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:31 pm

I can't believe "Take Me Oh Jah" is not included. Such a great tune. I'm very curious to hear the album. A rich 2017 for contemporary JA albums, the Kristine Alicia being my favourite thus far (and by far!)
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby jah_vaults » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:31 am

johnnyB wrote:I can't believe "Take Me Oh Jah" is not included. Such a great tune. I'm very curious to hear the album. A rich 2017 for contemporary JA albums, the Kristine Alicia being my favourite thus far (and by far!)


The Take me oh jah was limited press of 250 so this may be the reason was not on the album
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby Peacemakeya » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:51 pm

Chronixx is ok, better than most of the yute these days but nothing to write home to mother about. IMO even a small hint of that auto-tune robot sh*t machine degrade authentic sweet reggae music. Whatever them name it these days - i.e. reggae revival ... most of them try to pattern from the Golden Age of Reggae but few got the same fiyah in the belly.

The singer named 'Spiritual' one of the few catch me ear these day ... he on it good & proper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysBiX8_sKXw

If all the studio owner dash way them auto-tune robot maybe we will have an authentic reggae revival

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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby Carter Van Pelt » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:35 pm

Thanks for all the responses (Ian, Guillaume, JB, et al), and those who tipped me to some things I hadn't listened to yet.

JB, I think Chronixx (and a lot of recent reggae) is an acquired taste. I like his music, play his music on the radio and in deejay sets, and genuinely have seen some of his music work magic on a non-reggae crowd. However, I am not on board with the level of hype going around. I thought he had a good performance at SNWMF, but Tarrus Riley was much better on the same stage. I wish that Gully v. Gaza hadn't sucked up so much oxygen in Jamaica in 2006 when Parables was on the road. Tarrus deserved more light.
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Re: Chronixx album review

Postby ras2thebone » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:27 am

I enjoyed reading the review. I just don't get Chronixx at all. He is hailed as the new "king" of reggae, or at least the new face of reggae, and what has he done? Put out two lackluster albums? Probably the most overrated artist in reggae today. I'm sure he's a decent guy. His wife is a very nice woman and they seem like sincere people so I hate to take a dump on him but I just totally missed the Chronixx train. His Roots & Chalice mixtape was good but I can't really credit him for it. It was Federation Sound who came with brilliant production and a new vision for how to present him and it kinda worked. He needs to link with a decent production team. Maybe Natural High, StoneLove or someone like that.
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