On The Road Again

Performers Leonard Dillon/The Ethiopians

Heartbeat | June 1, 1999 | Compact Disc

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The voice is as powerful as ever, but On the Road Again is let down by the reggae light arrangements, all positively jaunty throughout, perhaps appropriate for a lightweight positive reggae performer, but deathly for a cultural singer like Dillon. The artist self-produced this set, so he has no one to blame but himself, although why musicians the caliber of Earl "Chinna" Smith and Lloyd Parkes didn't attempt to provide a bit more appropriate atmosphere is equally inexplicable. There are some strong songs here, just discernible under the overly cheery keyboards and perky beats. "One Step Forward" is one example, a wonderfully moody number drowning in a saccharine swill. "In Do Mi Deh" may be another, but it's hard to tell, as it's lost in a faux dancehall style -- a potent reminder of why the best producers in this genre are so adulated. "Woman of Babylon" has real power, and Dillon's delivery is absolutely blinding -- so why did he leech out its lifeblood with identi-kit reggae rhythms? The simplistic, synthetic beats that fuel many of the songs further assault the aural senses. For anyone who ever wondered how Jamaican producers had the nerve to claim copyrights to songs (and the lion's share of the profits), here's your answer. An extraordinary vocal talent undone by his sheer lack of ability on the other side of the soundboard. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 1999

Genre: General

Style: Reggae

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1991

Label Name: Heartbeat

UPC: 011661773721

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On The Road Again

Performers Leonard Dillon/The Ethiopians

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 1, 1999

Genre: General

Style: Reggae

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1991

Label Name: Heartbeat

UPC: 011661773721


See artistic credits for this CD
Title Track Time
1.Survival --
2.Cool It Amigo --
3.On The Road Again --
4.One Step Forward --
5.Rub A Little Rub --
6.In De Mi Deh --
7.Feed The Fire --
8.Woman Of Babylon --
9.Done I Done --
10.First Love --

Editorial Notes

The voice is as powerful as ever, but On the Road Again is let down by the reggae light arrangements, all positively jaunty throughout, perhaps appropriate for a lightweight positive reggae performer, but deathly for a cultural singer like Dillon. The artist self-produced this set, so he has no one to blame but himself, although why musicians the caliber of Earl "Chinna" Smith and Lloyd Parkes didn't attempt to provide a bit more appropriate atmosphere is equally inexplicable. There are some strong songs here, just discernible under the overly cheery keyboards and perky beats. "One Step Forward" is one example, a wonderfully moody number drowning in a saccharine swill. "In Do Mi Deh" may be another, but it's hard to tell, as it's lost in a faux dancehall style -- a potent reminder of why the best producers in this genre are so adulated. "Woman of Babylon" has real power, and Dillon's delivery is absolutely blinding -- so why did he leech out its lifeblood with identi-kit reggae rhythms? The simplistic, synthetic beats that fuel many of the songs further assault the aural senses. For anyone who ever wondered how Jamaican producers had the nerve to claim copyrights to songs (and the lion's share of the profits), here's your answer. An extraordinary vocal talent undone by his sheer lack of ability on the other side of the soundboard. ~ Jo-Ann Greene