U-Cal Henry - Faith Connection

Published Wednesday 26th June 2024
U-Cal Henry - Faith Connection
U-Cal Henry - Faith Connection

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 3 3 3
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 136776-20337
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Although this four-song EP was released in 2004 it's only now in 2024 that I've got to hear it or indeed any of the music of reggae gospel man U-Cal, who back then was living not in Kingston, Jamaica, but in Thornton Heath, Surrey. The voice of Mr Henry is OK, but his compositions, on this project at least, are banal and the lyric of the opener "Smile Your Sorrows Away" has the kind of happy clappy sentiment that I thought had died out with the passing of old school Pentecostalism. Production by one Lewis M at his London studio is rudimentary too and though three sisters - Zehra, Esther and Aye Sagnak - do their best with some unison oohs and aahs the overall effect of this one remains distinctly underwhelming.

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