Turbulence is the reggae singer whose recent performance at Jamaica's Sting concert has caused a stir in the reggae community. The young performer had most recently appeared as an opening act on the Sizzla - Real Thing tour, honing his skills. Stage shows are the realm of underground acts where buzz is started and legend is made. VP. 2005.
Turbulence appears to be taking the route of his mentor, Sizzla Kalonji, to the top. With Songs of Solomon being the 10th full length studio album from the young Turbulence since his debut in 2000 and yet another album already loaded ready to go, you would think that he sacrifices his quality for quantity and while that might be the case in some points, I've always enjoyed and been satisfied with Turbulence's releases.
As with his previous releases, Songs of Solomon is on yet another different mood, for the most part it appears as if though young Turbulence has fallen in love. And it is highly interesting to hear the artist try and master the love song. One thing you can always say about Turbulence is that he always gives his maximum on a track. Sometimes listening to some of his peers it seems as if though they've been in the studio a little too much over the years.
The best song here, oddly enough, is called Who Dem, which is one of the cultural songs on the album, the way he wrote the very very different chorus is so interesting. Also love Anytime, big big tune there. Of the love songs, the best is probably Always in my Heart, also like Slim Girl and What Can I Do?
Songs of Solomon is quite different in the different moods and vibes that Turbulence goes through. Not just with his typical internal debate of whether to sing on a track or dj (which is always a fun debate to 'watch' him have) but exactly where he wants the album to go. With such a title as Songs of Solomon I was thinking heavy, heavy roots, not the case.
Overall, Songs of Solomon is right in the middle of Turbulence's albums, its decent and certainly more than listenable, but we're still waiting for the artist to hit that level which he hit on the massive Join Us. From what this album and quite a few others have shown, we wont be waiting long.
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