Oliver Ashley - Rough Ride Home

Published Tuesday 25th October 2005
Oliver Ashley - Rough Ride Home
Oliver Ashley - Rough Ride Home

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13426-3285
LABEL: Taste Of Glory TOGCD003

Reviewed by Andrew Reeve-Smith

Oliver provides us with an encouraging album of self-penned traditional gospel, ballads and reggae songs with an authentic Jamaican feel. The album starts with a couple of up-beat, memorable reggae numbers, especially the great "Voting For Jesus" which is very catchy, exhorting us to vote for Jesus "my priminister", his spelling not mine! The earlier ballads are very strong, especially "Short Time" encouraging us to do all we can for the Kingdom in the short time we have on earth. This track has dub-poetry by K King, doing a fantastic impression of Martin Luther King. Don't know whether this is intentional, but it brought a smile to my face! Sadly, the album isn't so strong at the end, and those album fillers are quite weak, made all the more so by repetitive synth playing. That's the only thing that lets this album down. I associate traditional gospel ballads with emotion, passion and the ability to alter the tempo and feel of a song as the Holy Spirit leads. I get the impression that the synth and drum machines here are a restriction to Oliver as they don't allow his excellent singing to improvise with emotion while often sounding dated. Oliver's voice deserves a more acoustically, raw sound. Bring on the band!

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Reader Comments

Posted by donna in luton @ 10:31 on Jan 15 2012

I always enjoy your songs, but since i move i had no contact need some new cds

Posted by charlie in hackney london @ 21:32 on Feb 9 2011

oliver ashley is my good friend from jamaica linstead, heatfield, we grow up togather & do some work togather, i am trying to find him, i dont have any contact detills of him, i u could please help me find him or ask him to contact me,

Posted by Deborah Howe in orlando florida @ 22:18 on Jul 8 2008

how do i get a copy of your cd that is live in concert or a dvd that is live in concert

Posted by Brenda Browne in Brooklyn N.Y @ 20:34 on Oct 30 2007

Where could I purchase some of Oliver Ashley Gospel CD,s. I visited Jamaica recently and I bought some of his Cd's and I would like to purchase some more.

Reply by Kenisha Russell in Micham ,UK @ 16:50 on Oct 7 2009

Ello Brenda im Kenisha and im a member of Pastor Oliver Ministry,he's my Pastor. I have got some of my pastor album as well and i know where u can get some,it's in brixton market in the uk.The albums r really nice.The albums r Dont worry,clammin my blessin rite now,give christ my best,say a prayer,heavy load,carry the cross.rough ride home and things already better.

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Reply by Howard Jackson 4th in toronto, ontario @ 08:51 on Jan 9 2008

where can i buy Olivers CD

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