Sizzla / Crucial Times
Album: Crucial Times   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Sizzla   Added:Jan 2010
Label:Greensleeves Records Ltd.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-01-31 Pull Date: 2010-04-04 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Mar 28 Mar 21 Mar 14 Feb 28 Feb 21 Feb 14 Feb 7
Airplays: 3 2 2 2 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 04, 2010: New World Disorder
Atta Clap
4. Mar 25, 2010: Abra's Airwaves
Precious Gift
2. Jul 15, 2010: Abra's Airwaves
Precious Gift
5. Mar 24, 2010: Quasi Music Therapy f. Vlad the Impaler
Atta Clap
3. Mar 25, 2010: New World Disorder
6. Mar 18, 2010: New World Disorder
Get Rid Ah Dem

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2010-01-25
Sizzla Kalonji – Crucial Times
Reviewed by Sadie O., 1/25/10
Roots and dancehall riddims with Sizzla’s totally nutted vocal stylings. Previously unreleased (?) tracks from the 15 year + association between Sizzla and producer Homer Harris, who gave him his name.
No FCCs detected, although it would be a bit hard to tell if there were any… I like track 1 and the last four tracks best.
1. 4:07 ****sweet and swingy roots skank with ultra pretty female backing vocals, all of which makes Sizzla’s crazed screeching stand out that much better.
2. 3:34 ***relaxed skank with beeps and whoops, live up right lyrics.
3. 4:00 **relaxed midtempo skank with a bit of disarmingly sweet vocals, but don’t be fooled. Downbeat and not at all mad.
4. 3:55 ***upbeat roots bubble, positivity message.
5. 3:35 downtempo “R&B” groove, love song. Ugh.
6. 3:57 *swingy midtempo dancehall – there’s something amusing about the “jolly good time” stuff. I much prefer Sizzla when he’s off on a rant, though.
7. 3:46 **bouncy electronic dancehall bubble.
8. 4:18 ***opens with rant, then downtempo roots skank with nyahbinghi flavor, rather lovely singing (!) from Sizzla.
9. 6:01 ***mellow electronic dancehall with a hidden urgency and hints of bluesy guitar, lost of ranting. Inexplicably switches to mellow, beatless acoustic guitar for last minute+.
10. 4:20 ****electronic beat, but a funky (downtempo) one. Pure ranting from Sizzla.
11. 4:05 ****ah, this is what we want from Mr. Kalonji – midtempo, aggressive electronic dancehall and crazed ranting. So much ranting that he’s gasping for breath.
12. 3:41 ****bit of rant, then midtempo bouncy dancehall with syndrum, upbeat and positive ranting.
13. 4:01 ****bit of thanks and praise, then more swingy midtempo dancehall with syndrum, both sweet and crazy vocals.

Track Listing
1. Precious Gift   7. Rat Race
2. Crucial Time   8. There's No Pain
3. Take A Stand   9. Sufferation And Poverty
4. Agriculture And Education   10. Foundation
5. Charming   11. Atta Clap
6. Jolly Good Time   12. Progress
  13. Get Rid Ah Dem