Personnel: Clurell Henderson (guitar); Maurice Gregory (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Claude "Weakhand" Reynolds.
Recording information: Backroom-Black Cell Entertainment, Glendale, CA; Black Chiney Sutdios, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Circle House, Miami, FL; CJM Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Harper Digital Studios Toronto, Canada; King Jammy's Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Levcon Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Mahem Studios, London, England; Wood Room Studios, Orange, NJ.
Photographer: Dan Mandell.
The self-titled debut from Jamaican dancehall singer Collie Buddz makes good on the promise of his smash-hit single "Come Around." A bouncy, catchy, feel-good ode to the powers of herbal intoxicants, "Come Around" rattled the charts in Europe, the U.S., and his homeland, earning plenty of pre-album buzz. While purists may take issue with the singer's cavalier genre-mixing and commercially oriented sensibility (there are heavy overtones of hip-hop, reggaeton, and straight pop throughout), Buddz turns in a very convincing first effort, one that mixes island flavor with urban accessibility in just the right way.
Spin (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "He has mastered hardcore dancehall chatting, lover's rock crooning, and Rasta chanting. There's even a sweet soca tune..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "The results are insightful, lustful, streetwise, and perfect for summer block parties." -- Grade: B+