"The amiable and sometimes deeply intuitive ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œReggaeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Gone CountryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â (VP) ups the ante, with reggae crooners covering classic country songs. Tarrus Riley does right by the George Strait classic ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe Chair,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Beres Hammond sounds winsome and comfortable on George JonesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHe Stopped Loving Her TodayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and Duane Stephenson turns Eddie RabbittÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSuspicionsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â into the quiet storm jam it was always meant to be."
- Jon Caramanica, New York Times
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦tracks that blend the best of both genresÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ pretty tasty.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Karen Hawkins, Associated Press
I Wayne, one of the top conscious roots reggae artists of this generation, is back with Life Teachings, his long-overdue album on VP Records, due October 11. With simplicity and grace, I WayneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s angelic-tinged vocals flutter effortlessly across these 14 tracks filled with hair-raising lyrics and uncompromising conviction.
The intricately-crafted album features organic rhythms rife with rugged basslines and one-drop drumbeats, produced mostly by Patrick Z. Henry, who is responsible for 11 of the album's songs and I-Wayne's breakthrough hit "Can't Satisfy Her."