Shaggy: ‘Come Fly Wid Mi’ Album Review


Shaggy, with his growling baritone voice, covering 10 tracks by Frank Sinatra, one of the biggest names in American music history, was a very ambitious task, and executed with finesse, for his Come fly Wid Mi album.

Come fly Wid Miis the Jamaican patois translation of come fly with mea song written for Sinatra, which was the title track of his 1958 album of the same name, and which later became a staple of the singer’s concert repertoire.

The song, which is the second track on Shaggy’s album, is akin to a wanderlust advertisement and describes adventures in faraway and exotic destinations, including Peru, Bombay and Acapulco Bay. in Mexico. At the time he was voiced by Sinatra, he heralded the start of what has been dubbed the age of the jet in 1959, where a proliferation of commercial jet aircraft revolutionized global travel, opening up the four corners of the land not only to the rich but also to the working class citizens of many countries.

Apart from the story, Come fly Wid Mi, performed mostly to reggae beats with elements of ska in some cases, reminds the listener of relaxing on a beach, tropical sunsets, pina coladas and romance. The songs would make perfect background music for tropical resorts, whether in lobbies, for a dreamy beach playlist, or as ambient sounds for a wedding or romantic dinner.

Shaggy’s unique renditions not only pay homage to Sinatra, also known as Baritone Bourbon, but also showcase his singing voice and the versatility of Reggae beats, which music from virtually any other genre can be adapted to. fit perfectly.

However, unlike songs such as Neil Diamond’s reggae version of UB40 very red wine and the cover of Dolly Parton by Whitney Houston I will Always Love Youwhich were covered to such amazing effect that many people thought the cover versions were the actual original, none of the songs on Come fly Wid Mi.

Shaggy’s Com Fly Wid Mi album cover

In doing a good cover, a song should sound like the person doing the cover and not the original singer, and Shaggy, while he does enough to embody Sinatra’s cadence in the songs, sounds like a good old Mr. Bombastic itself, and not as an exact copy of the Baritone Bourbon. In other words, the album has a contemporary vibe, as Shaggy doesn’t obsequiously imitate the original songs.

As expected from Shaggy, the songs sound carefree and lighthearted. It starts with That’s lifean all reggae song about life’s trials and ups and the importance of being positive and resilient, and continues with the tempo come fly with meperformed on a Ska beat, before slowing down again with That old black magic of an apparently “madly in love” and Take me to the moon.

“Hot Gyal” it starts Jamaican style in Luck to be a lady, which he declared his favorite of all tracks, and which is really a Dancehall song with elements of Jazz trumpets. The lyrics of this song warn his wife against dating him and then galloping around with other men in ways he considers unwomanly.

the windy You make me feel so young one of two duets with album producer Sting, is next, and has ad-libs inserts that sound distinctly like Dancehall godfather U-Roy. This is followed by Under my skin, Saturday night, witchcraft which talks about being hit by a lover, and angel eyes. The album ends with a bonus track, a version of Witchcraft done on guitar.

Come fly Wid Mi, is an interesting take by Shaggy and Sting, on the work of Frank Sinatra. The songs give off a feel of her escape song Boombastic. Those who like reggae should like it, because there’s practically nothing not to like about this new album.

Rating: 4/5


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