|JAMAICAN E.T. - LEE PERRY
CD: Trojan TJZCD002
Produced by Lee Perry and Roger Lomas
In what counts as one of the most upsetting things that the Upsetter has done, Jamaican ET won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2003. I'm sure the average Sizzla fan must have been confused! Say what you like about Scratch's modern solo work - but the idea that he's still determined to create music like this after all these years deserves your respect. Jamaican ET marks the first time Scratch has sat in the producer's chair for more than a decade, sharing production credits with English producer Roger Lomas (best known for his work with The Selecter and other 2-Tone bands). Some solid musical accompanyment from members of The Selecter is a plus, a welcome change from Mad Professor's Robotiks band. All of these positive points aside, Jamaican ET will still leave you shaking your head. Scratch's double and sometimes triple tracked vocals make for bewildering listening, and even though this shows that his urge to experiment is still strong, it can't be described as anything but confusing. Upsetting? Yes. Easy listening? No.