Artist: Tarrus Riley
Label: VP Records
Reviewer: M. Patton. "General MP"
Tarrus Riley’s “Parables” is like a breath of fresh air for the reggae massive worldwide. His vocal capabilities are showcased in a well arranged, well crafted album. Produced by Dean Fraser and Chris Chin, on the VP Records label.
The first track, “System Set” explains how Babylon’s wicked system is set in place to downpress the whole of mankind. On Luciano’s “Give Praise” riddim also produced by Dean Frazer , and Joel Chin, the lyrical content is worthy of such a riddim.
On the third track titled “Beware” Tarrus warns the ghetto youths “be careful of dem guns and ammunition, and let us make a change in Meditation, cause we could use the strength for cultivation” Again a familiar riddim, Half Pint’s “Political Fiction”. Now that is a collaboration I would like to see in the future Tarrus and Half Pint!
“Micro Chip” tells a very real story about the “New age Babylon culture”, and explains how man is becoming to dependent pon dem machine. Naw bow to computer, overstand? As the song ends the next track begins as a Niyabinghi, on “One Two Order” Prince Alla’s classic “Black Rose” riddim is used on this track.
The next few songs are for some nice time listening with your woman. Tarrus sings some softer melodies as he gives props to all lioness, in “She’s Royal”. “Something Strong” is a testament to the divine bond between man and woman.
Tarrus delves back into the roots and culture theme with tracks like “Lion Paw”, “Africa Awaits”, and the album title track “Parables” The two songs featuring guest singers, are “Let Love Live” with Duane Stephenson, and “Family” featuring Della Manley, and John Williams on violin. Irie ites, feel dem vibes Iya! “We all are family, one human family.” Wisdom, plain and simple.
I can say with certainty that you are bound to hear more from this multi-faceted, talented singer, Tarrus. “Parables” is a CD to break out to your friends, and share with them an artist that they might not be familiar with yet. Nuff Raspect to Tarrus and all singers and players of instrument on “Parables”.