Its been 6 incredily long, healthy and beautiful years of living since Lady Saw dropped her last album, the underrated (and well censored) 99 Ways. While she's been 'away' artists who were somewhere in highschool in '98 have come to the forefront and not just dropped albums, but developed careers and names for themselves. Also, females in the business have emerged, re-emerged and stepped their game up to lay a challenge to Lady Saw's throne.
While she's spent more time on tour than in the studio the last 6 years, time has fortunately done nothing to diminish her skills, lyrically, personally or image-wise.
Enter the aptly titled Strip Tease. While I'd hate to diminish songs such as Dedicated to Mama and My Dreamz, good tunes are they both, Lady Saw, like 6 years ago, like 6 years from now is at her best when she's being what she is. The slackest dancehall artist since the late great General Echo (what might a Saw/Echo combination have sounded like?).
The best song here is the bluntly titled Pretty Pussy which brings the old Saw up to the date on a new age riddim absolutely tearing it up. Also love Loser which is a combination with younger (but established) artist Ce'cile; Another (odd) combination Good Love with Sizzla; the hilarious Lock It Up and best Pum Pum. Another tune I really like is Thug Loving which is, of course, slack, but it slows it down to a point and Saw absolutely breaks it and locks off the flow, I can imagine the producer in the studio saying "You just broke my riddim", she locks it on the tune.
Overall, what I will say about this album is that I wasn't too impressed at the beginning, it takes a minute to grow on you, which can be expected after 6 years of hearing absolutely everyone else. But Strip Tease is what it is, it's an album by Lady Saw, that alone warrants a purchase, but Strip Tease is more than that. Its the latest album from a Legend whose still making her music at her highest level and still giving her fans what they want.