The current love affair between dancehall reggae and hip-hop/ rap/ pop gets an added boost with this project by Jamaican hitmaker Wayne Wonder (neÉ Von Wayne Charles).

The current love affair between dancehall reggae and hip-hop/ rap/ pop gets an added boost with this project by Jamaican hitmaker Wayne Wonder (neé Von Wayne Charles). Engaging lead single "No Letting Go" is already creating deserved buzz in top 40 and R&B/hip-hop circles. Wonder, who wielded the pen on colleague Buju Banton's early hits and guests on Banton's new VP/Atlantic set, Friends for Life, co-wrote the 16 songs featured here. The singer/ songwriter breaks no new ground thematically—on the primarily love/relationship-oriented tracks—or lyrically ("If loving you is wrong, I don't wanna be right"; "Close your eyes, spread your wings and fly"). But Wonder's hypnotic tenor and his music's body-gyrating rhythms and beats overshadow that slight—most notably on "Bounce Along," "Friend Like Me," "Glad You Came My Way," "Just Another Day," and the biting "Enemies."—GM