Mavado Mr. Brooks...A Better Tomorrow

Spin: "[H]ere he ups the gravitas with elegies saturated in Biblical references: the haunting 'Don't Worry,' the hymnlike 'On the Rock,' and 'Overcome,' a stunning cry against Jamaican poverty and crime."
Mr. Brooks...A Better Tomorrow
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Format:  Vinyl LP
item number:  VP 18421
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Vinyl LP Details

  • Released: April 24, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: VP Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.86
3 stars out of 5 -- "Mavado gets ambitious, undulating his lionesque howl toward Zion, mourning lost loved ones, and braving the shadow of death as gunshots and goth-rock belfry bells and skidding electro-beats ring out."
Spin - p.82
"[H]ere he ups the gravitas with elegies saturated in Biblical references: the haunting 'Don't Worry,' the hymnlike 'On the Rock,' and 'Overcome,' a stunning cry against Jamaican poverty and crime."

Tracks:

  • 1.David's Psalm - Dudley "Grincha" Excell, Mavado
  • 2.Every Situation
  • 3.On the Rock
  • 4.So Blessed
  • 5.So Special
  • 6.Life of a G
  • 7.Welcome to the Armegedeon - Dudley "Grincha" Excell, Mavado
  • 8.Gangster Don't Play
  • 9.Real Killer (No Chorus)
  • 10.Chiney K
  • 11.Jailhouse
  • 12.Don't Worry
  • 13.Money Changer
  • 14.Money
  • 15.In di Car Back
  • 16.Which Gal
  • 17.Overcome

Product Description:

Dancehall reggae is nothing if not trend-based, and in 2008 the trend was for potty-mouthed, gun-talking DJs to suddenly strike intense, prayerful poses on their album covers, arrange their playlists into pseudo-suites, and give their albums pretentious, apocalyptic titles, as if to say "See how my gangsterish persona actually hides a deep-thinking spirituality." On Mavado's latest, the album cover pose would be a little easier to take seriously if his praying hands weren't dripping with platinum bling. Luckily, the music mostly focuses on groove rather than on ersatz spirituality; his singing and chatting are a bit uneven but mostly impressive, and he's at his best when he's at his most declamatory. The singing on "Every Situation" does little except detract from the powerfully booming rhythm, but when he eases into singjay mode on "On the Rock" things slide into place much more nicely. He's even more assured on the militant steppers anthem "Gangster Don't Play," and his sharp, reggaeton-flavored delivery on "Real Killer (No Chorus)" sounds like a respectful nod to Damien Marley. "Jailhouse" is surprisingly plaintive and actually quite touching, while "Money Changer" is a stark and powerful performance built on an uncharacteristically stripped-down rhythm. It's not his masterpiece by any means, but Mr. Brooks...A Better Tomorrow does mark an interesting stage in Mavado's musical development. ~ Rick Anderson
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