The venerable master of roots reggae once again emerges with rhythms for the next millenium that are a reflection of days long since past. Isaacs stirs the mix ever so lightly with a hypnotic backbeat and his signature smooth vocals to create an intoxicating concoction so tasty you will feel as if time is standing still.
One sip of “Inna the Dance,” you begin to nod your head at the simplistic beauty of the melody. Even as the theme of songs like “Struggling” and “Food Clothes, & Shelter” unfold, the irie goodness still shines through. Most tunes, however, focus on getting or renewing a love interest. Regardless of the lyrical content, if culture reggae is the vibration you seek, you need look no further.
These dozen new tracks don’t reveal any new “sound” or approach for Isaacs, but perhaps that is the most satisfying element of Dapper Slapper — staying true to your roots.
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