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on 31 December 2004
This album, like some other recent albums by Ronny, depends heavily on riff/motif elements that may act as a focus for listeners more interested in pop or pop-soul crossover. This album is somewhat distant from jazz and nowhere near as interesting rhythmically or as musically diverse as the far superior Brighter Day. Jazz lovers placing their main emphasis on the listening experience, with or without dance or urban outreach elements, may find this album musically sparse. When Ronny employs unimaginative drum programming and scatterings of riffs and motifs, he can begin to sound like a fairly ordinary guitarist playing over a drum machine. Those interested in jazz who want to hear the range of musical phrasing and colour this truly accomplished guitarist can produce will not find it here, although they may enjoy some passages.
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on 25 February 2008
Ronny's fourth offering and again it feels just average. Again, this album feels more like background music rather than the kind of thing you'd want to sit and listen to. There are moments of something special for example 'Underworld' but other than that nothing really excites or amazes. I expected so much more from Ronny Jordan, it pales in comparison to his first and second albums which were exceptionally good. Music is subjective - take a listen before purchasing.
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on 28 October 2009
Heard part of this album in a theatre during the intermission at a jazz dance show. Never come across Ronny Jordan before - to my shame - glad I found him. Some of the tracks take a bit of getting used to, others just groove in the coolest of ways. (I'm using "cool" carefully here - not in my every day vocabulary). Deafinately worth buying.
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on 23 March 2002
"Off the record" by Ronny Jordan reverts back to Jordans "A Quiet Revolution" style a sublime touch of acoustic fantasy with a fine balance of urban beats and vocals from aspiring artists as Fay Simpson and the Love-child. The tone is set from the outset that Jordan's chosen epoch is centered around the creation of that "Urban Sound". The Track "No Pay, No Play" creates an atmosphere of chilled but funky jazz that will leave the listoner bobbing their head in aproval, and more so against the tracks such as, "Floor & More" and the incredible "Ronny You 'Talk' To Much". Simpson's vocal talent is recognised On the sensuous "Keep Your Head Up" A song which in itself would set the tone for any swanky dinner party? A well put together project and a far cry from the disappointing "A Brighter Day" Album. So crack open that bottle of vintage Merlot and sit back and enjoy "The Jackal" at what he does best.
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