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  • Summary: The dancehall artist returns with a more genre-consistent (and yes, back to basics) album, with a lone Timbaland-produced crossover track, "All Girls Party."
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  1. You can fault the album for feeling much like a scatter-shot collection rather than a planned full-length, but forgiving the lack of structure of dancehall albums yields spontaneous rewards when you're dealing with a talent like Beenie.
  2. With a distinct lack of pretension, some wholly infectious hooks and an insouciant sense of humour, this is the kind of project that will ultimately serve to keep Beenie’s rep as a professional entertainer and maestro of the dance deeply intact.
  3. Certainly a tougher and more traditional album than its two predecessors.
  4. While dancehall novices may find some of the material redundant, "Back to Basics" is a traditional dancehall album in every sense of the word. It's rhythmic, sexual and unapologetically raw.
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    Even the most hardcore riddims here percolate with moments of silky soul, pop and gospel. [Aug 2004, p.128]
  6. The relentless bounce eventually gets old, but not nearly as much as the crass sentiment. [16 Jul 2004, p.75]
  7. Back to Basics starts out thrilling, with Dude's electronically-treated vocals, but quickly palls.

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  1. tanishaw
    Aug 15, 2004
    10
    it wicked
  2. Jan 11, 2011
    3
    The problem with these "dancehall" artists is that at least half of them bring in hip-hop into reggae; no, not GOOD hip hop skills, but womenThe problem with these "dancehall" artists is that at least half of them bring in hip-hop into reggae; no, not GOOD hip hop skills, but women as sex objects cliches. Beenie Man reinforces that fact on Back To Basics. Just skip it. Expand