An ambitious crop of next-gen dancehall-pop vixens have risen to take Ce'Cile's place within the last five years, but the veteran diva's propensity for crafting radio hits and provocative chart-climbers has always been the trump card that keeps her competition at bay.
On her new album, the curiously titled Jamaicanization, a full-length studio follow-up to Bad Gyal, Ce’Cile not only proves her staying power but cements her reputation for blending silky-soft sizzlers about finding and keeping a man with an aggressive, no-holds-barred hypersexuality. The result is a dynamic potpourri of sexy reggae and dreamy dancehall escape, sprinkled with the intermittent highlights.
Not that Ce’Cile is out to prove her relevance after more than a decade in the biz, but, as it happens, that’s among the album’s achievements. As for the tracks, there are the occasional polar opposites: one minute she is yearning for her man to return (the groovy When You’re Gone) then it’s good riddance (the fierce kissoff, Nah Stress over Man and OK Without You).
But at 18 tracks, including the self-explanatory bonus cut Touch Yourself, there’s enough here for fans to leave entertained. Best of all are the melodious and easy-going Where You Want Me (which provides a nice opening for the album) and the slick Sweetness, which features a sly verse from Chris Martin.
While she’s freshened her musical formula to some degree within the last couple years, Ce’Cile’s sound hasn’t changed much and if Jamaicanization is anything to go by that’s a good thing
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