Music » CD Reviews

Warrior King

Virtuous Woman (VP)

by

comment

Ever since the ruff and gruff raga DJ Shabba Ranks started having crossover reggae hits in the early '90s, much of what has followed in his wake has elevated style over substance. What reggae's been missing is simply good songs. Which is exactly what makes Warrior King's full-length debut so compelling.

The irresistible title cut's the single that brought Warrior King his initial success. Who but the clinically depressed could not help but bob their heads to the intro's melodious "Do-ba do-ba, Do-ba do-ba day . . ."? Subsequent follow-ups like "Never Go Where Pagans Go" and "Empress So Divine" confirm that Warrior King is a serious talent. All three singles are included here, along with freshly recorded gems such as the reflective "Education Is the Key" and "Breath of Fresh Air," a perfectly self-descriptive title. Honestly, we haven't heard such innovative and refreshing sounds out of Jamaica for a long time.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.