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Bugle - Anointed

Bugle - Anointed

Bugle - Anointed

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Bugle produces a gem on long awaited debut.

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Yes, it has been a very, very, long wait, but it was well worth it. The name Bugle is one which has been well respected in Reggae music for the better part of the last decade or so and with good reason. In his career Bugle has proven himself to be one of the genre’s most reliable an durable hitmakers dating back to big tunes such as ‘What I‘m Gonna Do‘ and ‘What Have I Done To You’, which arrived very early in the artist’s career and could legitimately be regarded as classics. He’s also performed on some of the biggest stages and worked alongside some of the biggest vocal and production talents that the genre has had to offer and, already, has had a very fine career. Still, after all of that, countless singles and even mixtapes, one of the very few things missing from Bugle’s ultra-impressive résumé (not that he cared) (he didn’t) was a full album and now, seven years after he rose to prominence, he’s taken care of that.

Bugle - Anointed“Anointed” is the debut album from Reggae veteran, Bugle, and it comes via the same label with whom he has always been most closely associated, Daseca Productions. The label has spent their entire existence producing hits for Bugle, Serani and pretty much everyone in the landscape of modern Dancehall music and, along with the always active Zojak Worldwide, they have finally brought Bugle’s debut album to prominence. This project is a mixture of both new and known material and, ultimately, proves to be one which is thoroughly satisfying and a fine display of Bugle’s most interesting talents.

His greatest skill is and has always been his writing. As one of the best lyricists of the era, Bugle figured to have a style which would be perfectly displayed on the platform of an album and that is exactly what happened. A prime example would be the deep album-opening Reflection. Like several songs on the album, the tune deals with overcoming obstacles to achieve success.

“Tell dem don’t put dem foot inna mi jurisdiction
Mi ahgo make it pass the stars: That’s my prediction”

Though a giant early offering here, Reflection isn’t alone. Also present is the big similarly steered eponymous selection on which Bugle declares that he won’t be felled on his way to where he wants to be. Anointed, the song, should already be quite familiar to fans, as should several of the songs on the album named after it. Perhaps most notable would be the big hit from 2013, Nuh Compatibe across the 4Play Riddim from UIM Records. Also of considerable pre-release interest would be three of the album’s four combinations. The broken relationship of Infidelity (also produced by UIM) featured Bugle alongside Lady Saw, while Move Dem found Julian Marley joining and “Anointed” also features the expanded remix version of Only Human. The original tune only features Popcaan and while he does remain, both he and Bugle are joined by bonafide stars, Alaine and Tarrus Riley, making for a very difficult to forget moment. The best helping hand, however, is given by the scalding I-Octane who absolutely dazzles alongside Bugle on the giant social commentary, Pain & Suffering. Also familiar are big tunes such as the sterling Tears of Joy, via Lifeline Music, I Don't Worry from Chimney Records and especially the very colourful, Zion, which is a remake/remix of another big tune from Bugle by the name of ‘Heaven’.

“Anointed” also features a nice batch of newer pieces which are pinnacled by one of the best songs on this album, False Prophets, where Bugle casts a necessary blaze across those who aren’t living too well.

“Well nuff a dem a snake inna lion clothes
Dem ah run the church and the whorehouse”

Also scoring very high are both Y R U, and the Markus Myrie produced call to action, No Obligation.

Checking in at sixteen tracks spread across nearly and hour of music, Bugle’s debut album is top notch and one which fulfills on the demand of years and years. So, while album shelves aren’t exactly brimming with pieces from Bugle, the one he does have is a diamond. “Anointed” is one of the best albums of the year.

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