J E Palmer - The First Chapter

Published Monday 19th March 2012
J E Palmer - The First Chapter
J E Palmer - The First Chapter

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 122849-18959
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Ian Hayter

Now based in the UK, J E Palmer was born in Jamaica to Pastor Ned and Rosetta Palmer, the sixth of 11 children with has a strong musical pedigree. He's been making music since his early years and has now produced an album of fine songs, clearly influenced by his Caribbean upbringing. This is a strong set of 12 tracks, with a classic reggae rhythm and some powerful lyrics, clearly based on Biblical material - some are drawn from the Psalms ("Better Is One Day") and others from stories ("House For Tea"). The opener, "Be Alone" owes a great debt musically to Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain" and parts of "The Best Of Me" are lyrically similar to The Real Thing's '70s smash, but the music is uplifting, full of faith and soaked in sunshine. There are some great arrangements and the rhythm section and bass keep a pretty tight tempo for the guitars and horns to work with. Mr Palmer himself has a fine voice, and the self-penned songs bear witness to a deep faith.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Carlene Nurse in Selsdon @ 11:41 on Mar 22 2012

A very talented and inspirational singer and song writer. JE Palmer has depth to his music and it is heartfelt. Loved all the songs, but "home for tea" is my classic, I pray that JE Palmer will reap the efforts of his labour. May his territories be extended and enlarged - ready for the next chapter!

Posted by June in London @ 22:54 on Feb 7 2012

Not wanted to buy a CD for years; loved this one. Great tracks and enjoy listening to in my car. Track one... loving it.....

Had to buy for two friends... need to spread the word

Posted by Anthony in Croydon Hospital @ 22:38 on Feb 5 2012

Jason you have have been blessed with a great talent by our Lord.
Psalms 146 Vs 2 it says:
"While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing PRAISES unto my GOD while I have any being"

You have done so and I feel so blessed each time I listen to your praise music. I pray that our Lord opens up more for you and as HE Said ask and you shall receive, I know you will do.

God bless.

Posted by Nicola in Purley Way, Croydon @ 16:41 on Feb 1 2012

I just want to say that I have been blessed by listening to bro. Jason's music. It is the kind of music that puts you in a good mood, spiritual upliftment which is what we need in this time. I enjoyed the album ~ He is an inspiration to other young aspiring artists -~ well done!

Stay blessed
Sis. Nicola

Posted by AJW in Croydon @ 13:30 on Feb 1 2012

This album is very uplifting and will inspire you to keep fighting the good fight of faith. Not your ordinary gospel reggae album...distinctive sounds.

Posted by conita in London @ 20:34 on Jan 31 2012

The First Chapter is like my first cup of coffee before I head out in the mornings...its sets the atmosphere as I prepare for the day ahead!

Posted by Valarie Adamson in Selsdon, South Croydon @ 19:16 on Jan 31 2012

Bro Jason, you are young, gifted and black (smiles) also a very talanted song writer/composer. Who would have known that God in His time would bring out such a gift from way down inside of you. I truly thank God for you and pray that you continue to write many more songs that will inspire the world.

Posted by Jahziah in London @ 17:00 on Jan 31 2012

This is an amazing album!

Posted by Annett Palmer in London @ 16:53 on Jan 31 2012

JE Palmer's music is sensational. I love the lyrics that get to the soul. He is truly a blessing and I look forward to hearing more from him.

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