Since its debut a month ago, Wayne Wonder's Foreva has been sitting solid on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart. Foreva peaked at #6 on Billboard and has remained in the Top 10 ever since its release.
Though it's been four years since the release of his breakthrough album No Holding Back, and although the musical landscape has changed a lot since then, Wayne Wonder remains current on his latest album Foreva for VP Records.
Assisting Wonder on this voyage are producers Christopher Birch, Tony 'CD' Kelly, Steve Obas, Donovan Bennett, Rohan 'Sno Cone' Fuller, Steven 'Lenky' Marsden, Garfield Hamilton, Troy McLean, Matthew 'Dread Lion' Tronger, Wayne 'DJ Wayne' Morris, Collin 'Bulby' York, Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall and Dwayne 'Supa Dups' Chin Quee.
Wayne Wonder had been on his musical journey since the late 1980s and has managed to muster up an impressive catalogue of material since then. His style is quite convincing and his material is still very relevant. If there is anything outstanding about the songs on Foreva, it's the fact that they are polished and most contain a dash of R&B ingredients.
The appearances of rapper Trina, dancehall deejay Mr Chicken (who does a great job on Take It Off); and Wayne's cousin, Showki-Ru, only add substance to an already simmering pot of stew.
My personal favourites include the previously released I Still Believe and Love and Affection; the current charter Again, Between The Sheets and Take It Easy.
There are one or two tracks that could've been trimmed off the album, but aside from that, Foreva is a decent body of work that deserves a fair shake outside of reggae borders.