MUSIC REVIEW: Lady Saw Walk Out CD


lady-saw-walk-out-beyonce-no-doubt-sexygirls-ne-yo-rihanna-jay-z.jpgLady Saw, Walk Out (VP): American pop music audiences may mainly know Lady Saw from her cameo on No Doubt's Grammy-winning 2003 single, Underneath It All. But the reggae vocalist has more than a decade of music under her belt, or shall we say under her skirt? Respected as dancehall's first lady in Jamaica, Lady Saw's post-feminist, sex-obsessed lyrics often extol the power of women's sex organs.

On her eighth solo disc, Walk Out, she makes pains to balance the raunchiness with street anthems and some self-help sentimentalism. Me and My Crew (The Rae) is a flag-waving party song, punctuated by sharp turntable scratches. Meanwhile, the electro-riddim of Power of the Pum is all dark seduction, with Lady Saw bragging about her nookie: "Gotta lotta men losing their senses/ just to get close and be friends/ me have big men jumping wire fences."

Yet Lady Saw displays a vulnerable side too. The inspirational No Less Than A Woman addresses female infertility. And the lilting R&B of Not the World's Prettiest is a love-yourself rejoinder to the narrow Western standards of beauty.

The slight earnestness adds a humane touch to her catalog of hardcore tracks, proving that Lady Saw endures not only because of her sharp tongue but her big heart.