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Soothing Sounds / Richie Spice
Richie Spice’s sixth studio album Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is a complete break from the roots singers last five offerings and possibly one of the best in terms of showcasing Spice’s wide vocal range and perfect falsetto, which are the driving force behind the entire album.
The “Soothing Sounds” title perfectly emulates the flow and feel of this album, maybe even a little too soothing at some points with some tracks meandering without a sense of transitioning from their intros. Despite the slow and lackluster development of some tracks, Spice’s voice and diverse musicianship on the album (banjo on acoustic roots reggae, and they kill it!) more than make up for it.
Soothing Sounds is co-produced by guitarist Mitchum Chin (Anuhea, Buju Banton, Bruno Mars, Capleton, John Legend, Sizzla, Toots & the Maytals, etc) and his guitar work is very prevalent throughout the album. Roots reggae is very bass and drums driven, and sometimes reggae artists have a hard time transforming their music into an acoustic version. Mitchum Chin’s guitar work on the album makes that evolution with ease, especially on the track “Searching,” which is an unplugged rendition of Spice’s popular song (and one of my favorite reggae songs) “Youth Dem Cold.”
Also contributing to Soothing Sounds are percussionists Denver Smith, Bongo Herman, and most notably legendary bassist Robbie Shakespeare, one half of the Riddim Twins duo Sly & Robbie. While some tracks feel like they suffer from an unfinished arrangement, the all-star performance from Spice and company are alone worth the purchase.
1. Tru Love
3. My Heart
7. Heng On In Deh
8. Get Up
9. My Girl
10. All Night
11. More Love (Ft. Snatcha Lion & Spanner Banner)
12. Wandering Sheep
13. Jah Provide
14. Downside Up
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December 25, 2012
Reviewer: Bruce Thompson from Royal Palm Beach, FL United States
Good title, CD have a soothing vide to it.
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