Piece Of The Blender: The Singles
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1996.
For the past couple of years, Everton Blender has been one of the
hottest new singers to hail from Jamaica. His 1995 debut on Heartbeat, “Lift
Up Your Head,” established this outstanding vocalist as a major force in
modern reggae music.
Since then, he has released numerous 45s, fourteen of which can now
be found on the exceptional disc entitled “A Piece Of The Blender: The
These songs originally came out on the Star Trail label, with the
majority of them being produced by Richard Bell who once again coaxes a
smooth, fresh and powerful sound from this youthful artist. From the excellent
opening track, “Coming Harder,” through such classics as ”Bob Marley,”
“The Man” and “Blow Your Nose,” this CD offers almost one hour of crucial
Blender is truly one of the genre’s greatest young vocalists. With the
plethora of DJs dominating the reggae scene these days, it’s refreshing to hear
a voice which evokes memories of some of the classic reggae singers of the
past. Heartbeat’s inclusion of the lyrics is also a plus as Blender is a
conscious artist who definitely knows how to put sincere, spiritual lyrics to
catchy, infectious rhythms.
The only problem is that since you’ll probably never find him on
mainstream radio, you may never hear him, and “A Piece Of The Blender:
The Singles” needs to be heard. So do what you have to do, but make sure
you seek this one out.
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