The Preacher's Son Enhanced
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After catching heat for 2002's disappointing Masquerade, Wyclef Jean jiggered his "ecleftic" formula a bit; this time he's come closer to hitting the mark. Listeners will be pretty hard-pressed to find much actual rapping on The Preacher's Son, but the former Fugee does a good job showcasing a wide variety of musical genres, all crafted with the highest of production values. Tracks like "Baby Daddy" (an ode to step-fatherhood featuring Redman) and "Next Generation" (featuring Rah Digga and the always tight Scarface) give a brief nod to Clef's MC status while "Party to Damascus" (a duet with the ubiquitous Missy Elliott) helps bridge the gap between traditional and next-wave hip-hop. But the eclectic roster of non-MC guests proves that Wyclef's musical vision is bigger than hip-hop. Where else would you be able to hear Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, and Haitian kompa kings T-Vice all do their thing? --Rebecca Levine
Top Customer Reviews
Sure there's variety on this ablum. He throws in a million genres. Trouble is, like the venerable jack of all trades, Wyclef does a million different things, but none of them very well. The end result is boring. It comes across as self aggrandizing tripe. "But he throws in a middle eastern thing in 'Rebel Music!'" True, but it still sucks.
INDUSTRY - good beat, good lyrics with an important message 4/5.
PARTY TO DAMASCUS - one of the weak spots on this album, i don't understand why this became a single, anyhow not all bad 2/5.
CELEBRATE - hard to describe, but it's very good 4/0.
BABY DADDY - good song with Redman(exellent choice) 4/5.
THREE NIGHTS IN RIO - latino-influenced party song 4/0.
CLASS REUNION - mellow song, still very good 4/5.
BABY - a good chilloutsong for the ladies 4/0.
I AM YOUR DOCTOR - a very good reggae-song with gueststars such as Wayne wonder and elephant man, one of the best song's on this cd if you like that kind of music 4/5.
LINDA - Average 3/0.
TAKE ME AS I AM - wyclef new single(a clear choice) amazing vocals from monica on top of a good song 5/O!!!
GRATEFUL - good, but not a masterpiece 4/0.
NEXT GENERATION - the same as on grateful 4/0.
REBEL MUSIC - a good song with an indie sound 4/5.
WHO GAVE THE ORDER - a good song with an imortant message 4/5.
PARTY PY THE SEA - even tho this a good cd it's very tragic in a lot of places, so you you need a happy and postive song to cheer you up, this is it 4/0.
PARTY TO DAMASCUS REMIX - the worst song on this album 2/0.
Because of the aforementioned problem, the production on this album is all over the place. But the songs are all over the place too. Actually, scratch that -- a lot of the songs talk about the same thing: imagining how life would be if such-and-such didn't happen. If that's not the case, the songs are political commentaries gone wrong ("Grateful", "Baby Daddy", "Next Generation").
The lyrics in these songs aren't that interesting, either, by the way. "I Am Your Doctor" (featuring Wayne Wonder and Elephant Man)" has the chorus: "I am your doctor/Here's the prescription/Girl, two teaspoons of my friendship/A full cup of my love". And "Industry" neither helps nor hurts the album, and it's full of "what if"s, like what if Biggie, 2 Pac, Big L and Jam Master Jay didn't killed, and what if the World Trade Center was still around. Those topics aren't terrible to talk about, but the fact that every bar says "what if" something or "imagine" something makes things get a little mundane after a while. And in one place in the song Clef says: "I kinda hope that the Fugees didn't break up." Yeah, sure you do, Clef.
The rest of the songs aren't HORRIBLE, but they're just not that great. A lot of the songs are filler, like "Party By the Sea" (featuring Buju Banton and T-Vice) and "Celebrate" (with Cassidy, being wack as usual, and Patti LaBelle). The Carlos Santana-assisted "Three Nights In Rio" is okay, but you can tell that it's trying desperately to measure up to "Maria Maria" (by the way, has anyone seen The Product G&B?).Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I had already heard about Wyclef Jean. But the first time, his music really reach me was when I was working at the music caranal at Quebec. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2004 by Catherine Poisson
I almost lost hope in Wyclef after Ecleftic, a disappointing album with only a few solid songs. But thankfully he bounced back. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by J. Turner
sometimes i just like to pick music or movies out without really knowing anything about them. i had not listened to anything on this disc.
i love it. Read more
This was the first Wyclef anything that I've ever bought, and I was pleasantly surprised. The stand-out tracks for me are "Celebrate" featuring Patti LaBelle, "Take Me As I Am,"... Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by T. Williamson
I have to say that the CD is average compared to "the carnaval", my favorite Wycleff cd but the DVD is AWESOME !!!!!!! If you like reggae, get that one... Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Damien De Polignac
When I first listened to this album I was like ok, cool, sounds good, but I wasn't blown away. I think I waited like 3 days until the weekend and I listened again. It all hit me. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
The latest release from Wyclef takes some time to get into but once you do, it's a pleasant ride all the way. As usual, the lyrics are socially conscious and spiritual. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by Nse Ette
Wyclef has taken his muisc to a new level. I didnt see this album pumped in the media as much as the others because I think that Wyclef is just trying to stay real and true to... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by Kristen S