Kenny J is well known for
calypso, mid-tempo soca and soca parang. Soca Love Songs is a
title in which the artist exerts his writer's prerogative to
name his work as he prefers and he gives us thirty-three minutes
of soca splendor. Among familiar titles such as "I Just Called
to Say I Love You" and "Lady in Red", Kenny serenades
convincingly with "Only You" and "God is Standing By". He then
begins the transition from Caribbean rhythms through a reggae,
yes, "Besame Mucho".
The other six songs are rendered in a style popular on
American adult contemporary radio. But when "Unchained Melody"
concludes the seventy-nine minutes of soulful singing, the soca
"One in A Million" hauntingly lingers in the memory. A love song
in sweet soca.
[eCaroh /Ron – February 2006]