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Elephant Man Higher Level Review

Album. Released 2002.  

BBC Review

Shizzle! He's back again with his third solo album Higher Level. Yes I'm talking...

Darren 'Shaq-D' Springer 2002

Shizzle! He's back again with his third solo album Higher Level. Yes, I'm talking about none other than the 'Energy God'; Jamaica's undisputed No.1 and MOBO award nominee Elephant Man.

Even from looking at the cover, it's obvious that Elephant Man has not lost any of his originality - the bright yellow locks are still intact. His unique vocal style is displayed in one of this year's massive hits "Tall Up Tall Up".Produced by Stone Love (Jamaica's leading sound system), Elephant Man shows his diversity with a combination of classical singing and his usual dancehall lisp DJ style. This can only be described as 'Elephant Man featuring Elephant Man'.

Higher Level also includes Elephant Man's main hits of the year: "Look", "On Line", "Approach", "Do Yuh Ting", "Elephant Message" and the explosive "Bad Man A Bad Man" which is a re-version of R. Kelly's World's Greatest (another Stone Love production.)

Fresh tracks include "Give Her It Good" (from the Diwali rhythm), "Egyptian Dance", "Low Mi Name", and "Party Like This" featuring Jagwa.This track has a nice soulful feel and if released as a single,could do well on the international scene.

Destined for big things due to its crossover appeal is "Run For Your Life" featuring newcomer Jarvis Church.This tells the deadly story of a star struck fan who takes things to a higher level (excuse the pun). 'Run for your life, she cut you with a knife' is a warning to all Jamaican celebrities.

Elephant Man hasn't failed us with Higher Level; it is a befitting follow up to last year's massiveLog On. Limber up for the inevitable dance crazes that will surely emerge as this album blows up. It's packed with hits and oozes energy, and in the words of the man himself, "You No".

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