CD Review: Gregory Isaacs, Open the Door

Open the DoorGregory Isaacs
[Ras/Sanctuary]

Lucky to still be alive, does Gregory still have it? He does, thanks to the aid of duo-producers, Mafia & Fluxy. In the studio, Gregory relies on his strength of keeping it cool and calm, highlighting his distinctive, golden vocals, while producers Mafia & Fluxy arm Gregory with solid songs to rock any dancehall. The production duo, famous for classic rub-a-dub riddims pushing Beenie Man and Bounty Killer as household names back in the early 1990’s, crank up the bass to perfectly fit the power of your built up, theater-structured speakers.

This is cool Lovers Rock, the vibrations pounding on your chest as the engineering surges extra weight on your sub woofers. Gregory gently wakes the town with “Margaret,” singing all the way through, begging and pleading his case after another woman. Oh yes, the history on Mr. Lovers’ Rock is tremendously long, and so is his list of the many relationships gone bad of which he sings.

Open the door to see for yourself, but with titles such as “She’s Gone,” “Promise Me” and yes yet another woman, “Josephine,” it’s pretty obvious to see without peeping through his window, that his heart is yearning AGAIN. See him cry his best tear and feel his pain on “Have I Sinned,” giving Mafia & Fluxy the avenue to rip your speakers apart with a riveting bass line for the coolest ruler’s vocals.

 

 

 



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Mr. Marlon continues to be a contributing writer/blogger for UK's Colourful Times (under the alias "Dj Pelau"). He's an ex-music columnist for The Beat Magazine's Musical Murder (under the alias "Mr. Marlon") for 10 years (1997-2007); a previous staff writer for HipHopSite.Com (1996-2006); a music reviews regular as part of the BPM team; and was the music editor for Unleashed Magazine (2005-2007). He's also been a music consultant for 2 specialty channels at DMX Music Inc. for 10 years (1998-2008) for their Custom Sean John Channel and the Reggae Channel. Many of his stories, reviews and features have been published when he used to be a regular contributing writer for Rolling Stone, Source, Vibe, URB, Upscale, Rappages, ATM, Jahworks.org, Earplug, and HipHopDX.com. As a resident DJ at The Standard Hotel "Rooftop Bar & Pool" Downtown Los Angeles for 3 years (2005-2008), he's also produced and co-supervised some unique themed-compilations for Petrol Records and continues to DJ throughout LA privately, for music festivals, special events or outside of LA, wherever his immaculate taste in music requires him to travel. | View all posts by Marlon Regis

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Mr. Marlon continues to be a contributing writer/blogger for UK's Colourful Times (under the alias "Dj Pelau"). He's an ex-music columnist for The Beat Magazine's Musical Murder (under the alias "Mr. Marlon") for 10 years (1997-2007); a previous staff writer for HipHopSite.Com (1996-2006); a music reviews regular as part of the BPM team; and was the music editor for Unleashed Magazine (2005-2007). He's also been a music consultant for 2 specialty channels at DMX Music Inc. for 10 years (1998-2008) for their Custom Sean John Channel and the Reggae Channel. Many of his stories, reviews and features have been published when he used to be a regular contributing writer for Rolling Stone, Source, Vibe, URB, Upscale, Rappages, ATM, Jahworks.org, Earplug, and HipHopDX.com. As a resident DJ at The Standard Hotel "Rooftop Bar & Pool" Downtown Los Angeles for 3 years (2005-2008), he's also produced and co-supervised some unique themed-compilations for Petrol Records and continues to DJ throughout LA privately, for music festivals, special events or outside of LA, wherever his immaculate taste in music requires him to travel.

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