Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Perfect Giddimani releases Over The Top

Perfect Giddimani releases Over The Top

Since coming onto the scene in 2006 with his smash hit 'Handcart Bwoy', Perfect Giddimani has released a host of albums and literally hundreds of singles showcasing his various musical influences and styles. His latest album continues the ‘journey’ started last summer with 'Journey of 1000 Miles'.

Never content to stay in one place, even after that successful journey, Perfect has now joined with Sam Gilly’s House of Riddim in Austria to produce a more mellow modern roots collection of nineteen tunes. The first single taken from the album has been 'Ribbi Dubang Skeng'.

The song "Still" expresses the artist’s philosophy of life and it opens the album. A brief spoken Interlude follows before the title track "Over the Top", which applies to Perfect Giddimani in so many ways, says if you want to be a winner, you have to be ready to take it ‘over the top’.
The tune "Love to be Loved" is a straight forward love song, followed by "I Hail Jah" with a little assistance from Pressure Buss Pipe. Next we have 'Double Wrong', which chastises those who sell their souls for a dollar.

On "Better Days" Perfect shares that although we all go through difficult times, better days really are coming. Lovely old-style R&B horns enrich the tune while paying tribute to the sounds of the past. A delicate acoustic guitar solo opens "The Best Thing", which in Perfect’s case, turns out to be meeting a very special girl. "Greatest Friend", a truly universal song that everyone can surely relate to follows over an all-acoustic track. No devout Rastafarian album fails to include homage to black heroes such as "Marcus Garvey", which comes next.

Powerful horns bring in "Proud to Say", in which Perfect proclaims he is ‘one of them’, meaning the Bobo Ashantis who Babylon tries to crush. Take a deep breath because "Ribbi Dubang Skeng" will ‘make you move again and groove again’. Perfect teams up with Ras Attitude for "Lost" to encourage people to find their way out of wherever or whatever they’re lost in through Jah.
"Never Fall" speaks of the resiliency needed to survive in this world. Everyone in the cities has a "Country Cousin" and this song clearly explains that.

Perfect is well known for his ‘smoking’ songs and "Chronic Intake" follows that tradition. The singer 'Meeny More' joins with Perfect Giddimani in the song "Smoke Bill". The next song is "Silly You", who seems to think he’ll “walk away from Selassie I”.
"Looking Glass" is an introspective piece heralded by those bluesy horns while "Africa Bound" expresses the Rastafarian desire to repatriate to the motherland.

Perfect Giddimani "Over The Top" - New Album 2013
(Original Press):
1) Still
2) Interlude
3) Over The Top
4) Love To Be Loved
5) I Hail Jah [Feat. Pressure Buss Pipe]
6) Double Wrong
7) Better Days
8) The Best Thing
9) Greatest Friend
10) Marcus Garvey
11) Proud To Say
12) Ribbi Dubang Skeng
13) Lost [Feat. Ras Attitude]
14) Never Fall
15) Country Cousin
16) Chronic Intake
17) Smoke Billy [Feat. Meeny More]
18) Silly You
19) Looking Glass
20) Africa Bound
Label: House Of Riddim Production/VPAL Music (Cd: 2013)(Digital Release: 2013)

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