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Next to You [Edwin Yearwood]

  • 1. Take You with Me - (featuring Lady Saw)
    2. Weekend
    3. Next to You
    4. Best in Me (Rock Steady) - (featuring Lexxus)
    5. All Aboard 2K5 - (featuring Bunji Garlin)
    6. Where Do We Go from Here
    7. Fever
    8. Keep Rolling It - (featuring Sakito)
    9. Wet Me
    10. Lady's Night - (featuring Mr. Mojo)
    11. Who You Thinking About
    12. Walk Away
    13. Sorry - (featuring Ccile)
    14. Pump Me Up
    15. Sweetness
    16. Every Time
    17. Something Greater
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1704

  • Credits
    ProducerDarron Grant; Nicholas Brancker; Peter Coppin; Chris Allman; Nicholas Brancker; Darron Grant; Peter Coppin; Chris Allman; Anthony Bailey
    EngineerDarron Grant; Nicholas Brancker; Peter Coppin; Chris Allman; Joel Chin; Morgan Heritage

    Personnel: Edwin Yearwood (background vocals); Edwin Yearwood (vocals); Lady Saw, Lexxus, Mr. Mojo, Sakito, Bunji Garlin, Ccile (vocals); Nicholas Brancker (various instruments, background vocals); Bruce Chandler, Cindy Legall, Darron Grant, Ian Alleyne, Indra Rudder, Natalie Burke, Anthony Bailey (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Darron Grant; Nicholas Brancker; Peter Coppin; Chris Allman; Joel Chin.
    Recording information: 71 Records; AML Recording Studio; Chambers Recording Studio; HC&F Recording Studio; Madd Flava Recording Studio; Monstapiece Recording Studio; Slam City Recording Studio; Underground Recording Studio.
    Photographer: Marlon "Ajamu" Myrie.
    You may not have known that there was any such thing as a soca supergroup, but there apparently is (it's called Krosfyah) and its lead singer is the diminutive fireball Edwin Yearwood, a Barbadian who has had a string of radio hits throughout the Caribbean and has an even longer string of carnival contest championships under his belt. His style has been branded "socaton" (to compete with the similarly eclectic reggaeton style that has won growing popularity in Puerto Rico and the U.S.), and it is characterized by electronic, calypso-inflected beats with strong elements of hip-hop and dancehall reggae. The songs and rhythms on his solo debut are all perfectly fine, but Yearwood's voice is the real star of this show: he sings in a clear, high tenor range with all the agility of a gospel singer. Guest singers and toasters on this album include Lady Saw (on "Take You with Me") and C'ecile (who brings a nicely contrasting vocal style to the excellent "Sorry"), as well as Sakito, who contributes some nice Spanish toasting on "Keep Rolling It." On "Sweetness" Yearwood juxtaposes old-school funk with steel pans to very nice effect, although the repetitive two-chord rhythm gets old well before the song is done. On "Lady's Night" he teams up with Mr. Mojo (of Morgan Heritage) to rather hypocritically call out men who refer to women as "bitches" while at the same time singing about them in the most objectified terms, but hey, if you were looking for enlightened attitudes toward women you wouldn't be hanging out in the reggae section. Overall, this is an impressive debut. ~ Rick Anderson

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