Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
Record label: Atlantic
Sean Paul, who popularised dancehall reggae to 5m-selling effect with his 2002 Dutty Rock set, is having an identity crisis. On the follow-up, he is torn between the lover-lover persona of the single We Be Burnin' (at no 2 this week, and deservedly so for its sly, guttural chorus) and something more conscious. There are dollops of both here: Breakout imagines the coupling of "rude boys and UK girls" with hormonal urgency, while the calypso-ish Never Gonna Be the Same commemorates a murdered Jamaican friend.