It's funny what a little stateside action can do for a reggae act.
It's funny what a little stateside action can do for a reggae act. The success of dancehall veteran Beenie Man's recent single "Dude" has renewed interest in the artist. And it could not have come at a better time. Beenie Man's new album, "Back to Basics," serves as the next chapter in the reggae toaster's storied career. The aforementioned "Dude," which features Ms. Thing, leads off the set. Produced by Dave Kelly, the hypnotic track serves as fertile ground for a course in aural seduction. (Oddly, the label did not include the single's red-hot remix, which features rapper Shawnna). Other highlights include the coolie riddim-influenced "Good Woe" and "Love All Girls." While dancehall novices may find some of the material redundant, "Back to Basics" is a traditional dancehall album in every sense of the word. It's rhythmic, sexual and unapologetically raw.—RH