With last year’s No. 1 hit, the pro-cheating anthem “It Wasn’t Me,” reggae star Shaggy went from Mr. Lover to Mr. Loser with the ladies. On this respectable follow-up to his 6 million-selling Hotshot, the Jamaican rapper seems intent on repairing his image with female-friendly songs such as “Strength of a Woman,” a lilting, pop-tinged number on which he half-sings, “It’s so amazing how this world was made/I wonder if God is a woman.” Later, on the R&B-ish “These Are the Lips,” he even promotes family values, rhyming about the joys of kissing “the lips that kiss my kids good night.”
Even so, Shaggy’s player days are far from over. On the slinky midtempo cut “Get My Party On” (featuring a funky guest vocal from the incomparable Chaka Khan), he brags about “your girl I be freakin’.” This disc’s highlight, the dance-hall jam “Hookie Jookie,” finds Shaggy returning to his rascally ways. He is still at his best when at his baddest.
BOTTOM LINE: A decent Day