Beenie Man (Virgin)
On this follow-up to 2000’s Art and Life, which won him a Grammy for best reggae album, Beenie Man makes dance-hall that even the stiffest wallflower couldn’t resist. The Jamaican star gets the jam started with “Party Hard,” featuring guest vocalist J, on which Beenie makes no apologies for his hard-clubbing lifestyle. It’s tough to blame him, judging from the wildly festive results on this disc. Beenie (real name: Anthony Moses Davis), with his rapid-fire delivery weaving around the riddims, has some bumping beats to work with here. Those who find reggae somewhat monotonous will be surprised by the variety of tempos, ranging from slow and sexy to fast and furious. The producers of the moment, the Neptunes (a.k.a. N.E.R.D.’s Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), helm three tracks, including the spare, funky single “Feel It Boy” with Janet Jackson sweetly cooing the chorus. Other guests include rapper Lil’ Kim, who gets down and dirty with Beenie on the erotically charged “Fresh from Yard,” where Kingston meets Brooklyn.
Bottom Line: Jammin’