by Heavy DHeavy D


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Vibes is not only Heavy D's first album in nine years but a reggae-pop album on top of it, with a whole lot less rap than expected. The rapper, and now more often singer, has referenced his birthplace of Jamaica before, most notably with his hit cover version of "Now That We Found Love," which was based on reggae act Third World's take on the track. Here he is consumed by the sounds of Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage, and others who combine Island tones with grown folk's R&B. Another obvious influence, Barrington Levy, shows up for the great "Love Me Like This," one of the many songs based on cool lovers rock. This mostly smooth album isn't courting the Marley fans as there's not much political reggae here but the influence of roots music can be found in the cabinet rattling bass of "Queen Majesty" or "Long Distance Girlfriend," while "Private Dancer" is a one-drop lust number featuring modern dread Sizzla. With nylon-stringed guitars and soulful crooning, the pleasant "Delilah" ends up a more modest version of Wyclef's genre-blending, appearing right before the heartbroken but hopeful "Chasing Windmills" pulls out the metaphors for what's arguably the songwriting highlight of his career. On this aptly titled album, Heavy D does doubly duty, embracing his roots while relaunching his music career. Successful on both counts, this is a genuine find for lovers of the softer side of reggae plus the big payoff for the Overweight Lover's most patient fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Stride
UPC: 0034373300122
catalogNumber: 3001
Rank: 76263

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heavy D   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Various
Tony Dofat   Various
Bob Robinson   Guitar
Warryn Campbell   Background Vocals,Various
Daniel Debourg   Background Vocals
Mikey Dan   Background Vocals
Harold Lilly   Background Vocals
Bruce Buechner   Bass
Kamasi Washington   Saxophone
Dontae Winslow   Trumpet
Olivia Cipolla   Background Vocals
Alex Dopson   Background Vocals
Daniel De Bourg   Background Vocals
Charles Hamilton   Guitar,Background Vocals
Erika Nuri   Background Vocals
Lamar "Mars" Edwards   Keyboards
Charlie Bereal   Various
Brody Brown   Various

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Tony Dofat   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Shawn Smith   Composer
Juan Winans   Composer
Big Ed   Engineer
Mike City   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Edward Randle   Administration
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
Warryn Campbell   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Shane Morris   Engineer
Heavy D   Composer,Audio Production
Charile "CSUN" Bereal   Producer,Instrumentation
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
Jimi Kendrix   Producer,Audio Production
Larrance Dopson   Producer,Audio Production
Franny "Franchise" Graham   Engineer
Chris Brown   Composer
Jordan Omley   Composer
Justin Sampson   Administration
Olivia Longe   Composer
Britney Bereal   Composer
Kendred Smith   Composer
Lamar "Mars" Edwards   Audio Production
Charlie Bereal   Composer,Audio Production
Brody Brown   Composer

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