Various Strictly Best 38
- Words: Tomas Palermo
- Label: VP
- XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10
Genuine new talent and authentic music distinguishes annual reggae hits compilation STB 38 from the series’ previous 37 volumes. 2007 was immersed in classic reggae songwriting, evidenced here by Tarrus Riley’s rock-solid ballad “She’s Royal,” a universally embraced track that occupied international charts for months. A post-prison Jah Cure breathes a sigh of relief over Guardian Angel riddim-driven “To Your Arms of Love,” while songstress Tami Chynn–dancehall’s Gwen Stefani–rides the same melody on her playful “Over and Over Again.” Morgan Heritage, Beres Hammond, and Queen Ifrica offer their chart-worthy roots and lovers fare, but newcomers Etana (“Roots”), Duane Stephenson (“Cottage”), and Alaine (“Sincerely”) prove their stars are also on the rise.
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