Five Stars Rating For Sean Paul's - Trinity


Paul_yardFlex.jpgWho said he couldn't do it again? Without a doubt, 'The Trinity', Sean Paul's latest album, three years after his 'Dutty Rock' breakthrough, rocks. For his album number three, Grammy-Award winner mixes dancehall, hip-hop and reggae.

It was recorded entirely in Jamaica and boasts some of the most well known producers on the island's dancehall circuit.

The album kicks off with noted sound system selector Firelinks 'burning a big fire' in his loud trademark voice, for the album over a slamming dancehall beat in the background.

This 'live dance' feel is perpetuated on the second track, where a selector interjects comments during the 'Head in the Zone' song, while Sean deejays.

One of the best tracks on the album is the lead single, 'We Be Burnin' which is straight dancehall butter. The song is already leapfrogging up the Billboard HOT 100 charts. It is the catchiest track on FM radio right now, and that is no surprise. Sean is known for his singa-long hooks, and his witty wordplay, and 'The Trinity' album does not disappoint.

Track #4, 'Send It On', is a breakout charmer with an infectious dancehall track and Kool-aid smooth rhymes. One of the great things about Sean Paul's delivery on this song is that he changes his melody every four bars, so it becomes hard to tell when the chorus begins and when the verses begin, making it a seamless, hardcore dancehall hit. Cruising in the drop top, chillin in the ride/ Checking out the phat girls them inna mi sight/Pull up to the hot spot, gal left to right. The song is produced by little-known producers Delano Thomas, Michael Jarrett and Andre Saunders of Renaissance Sound Crew, and its ice-cube clear sound makes this song a must-play in your ride this Fall.

The single, 'Ever Blazin', for which a video is being shot for release in the international market, is also a pretty decent song. Sean deejays: "Bill Gates, Donald Trump them a require you/In a the Pentium Five, them waan wire you/Make them know you a frequent flyer too/Like a trophy inna me bed you me waan retire you...". Nice wordplay.

My favourite track is 'Temperature' on producer Snocone's 'Applause' rhythm, possibly the best dancehall rhythm for 2005, and Sean's contribution is a gem of a song. It's good to hear Sean on a real slamming dancehall track, and he lowers the boom. Verse three is da bomb: Gal don't say me crazy now, this Strangelove it a no Bridgette and Flava show (UH-OH)/Time fi make baby now so stop gwaan like yu a act shady yo (UH-OH)/Woman, doan play me now, cause ah no Fred Sanford or Garady yo (UH OH)/My loving is the way to lovin is the way to go.

However, arguably the best track on the album is 'Never Gonna Be the Same', produced by Don Corleon. It's a well-produced song, with a mellow, almost yearning feel that shows another dimension of Sean's talent. Sean sings: Say when mi look inna mi life, it's plain to see/That its never gonna be the same/Take another step on towards my destiny/But the memories still remain/Deep inna mi soul, I hold the key/Said it's never gonna be the same/Throughout all life and beyond all eternity/I keep burnin up the flame

Other standout tracks include 'Connection with Nina Sky' and 'Yardie Bone' featuring Wayne Marshall.

Sean even takes on a slightly philosophical bent as Sean Paul bemoans the savage gun violence on the rock. Sean Paul must be congratulated for his vision and the risk he took to return to the roots of dancehall and The Trinity perfectly captures the exciting sounds of the scene at street level with its strong beats, danceable grooves and skillfully delivered rhymes. This album should emulate its predecessor's success. It is a must-have for dancehall aficionados everywhere, so don't bootleg it, or download it, support the artiste, dig into your pockets, you won't regret it.