review by Sista Irie, photojournalist
Chronology, the long awaited debut album from Jamaica’s youngest, most internationally acknowledged reggae artist blends a genius mix of intellectual and spiritually infused lyrics into a wickedly produced new release. Chronology is destined to attract a wide scope of music lovers from solid roots reggae aficionados to a multitude of cross over audiences. Most importantly, regardless of the stats, Chronixx consistently remains solid and true to the soulful reflection of his personal art where excellence and broad appeal enhance each other without compromise. Chronixx logically and passionately leverages his voice to speak to the principles of life and love.
In an age where digitization lessened the importance of full length CDs, Chronology will rise to the precious standard of fans who want and need the entire collection of tracks. A generous mix of roots, dancehall and pop results in a fully intoxicating experience. Chronixx clearly states his music is not racist, but instead is necessary encouragement to those thrown aside by political and religious oppression. He tells the children the truth, to open their eyes and know themselves. ‘Jamaica is sweet, but sweet can rot your teeth.’ Only the wise can survive. (Ghetto Paradise)
One of the most outstanding aspects of Chronology is the subtle infusion of Rastafari history and livity that renews confidence and pride in the black nation. History has brainwashed the people of the world to believe false truths that lead to the oppression of Rastafari. (Selassie Children) He delicately points out the mis-education embraced by black people to think less of a spiritual black movement that is more deserving of profound reverence. In “Black is Beautiful,” we are reminded ‘word sound have power’ and careless usage results in close minded thinking and illogical belief systems. When one stays focused on the beauty of the color black, they can elevate their own intelligence by removing the subtle biases that grow from careless ignorance.
Chronology may well be the life and learnings of Chronixx from a little boy growing up in Spanish Town (Spanish Town Rocking) where he learned to rock to regal Selassie I riddims, modeled the values and skills from his musical father, Chronicle (Big Bad Sound), observed the life of a “Country Boy,” and discovered the essence of his roots, learning that Jamaica is a mix of life experiences from the spiritually rich to the dangers of poverty. Chronixx knows he will never be lost because he has acknowledged his existential power, lyrically captured by a joyous beatitude. (I Can)
Chronixx shares deep romantic emotions about love. He extols the beauty of woman (Majesty), the pain of Loneliness, and sings to a personal experience about the loss of a friend at any time. They may never know you loved them. (Tell Me Now) Equally profound, he relays the inherent value of human beings in a stylistic manner reminiscent of Bob Dylan. (Legend) This song reflects the humble thinking of a young artist quickly rising above the many barriers faced in reggae. Chronology is a major break through coming in number six and number one respectively on the iTunes mainstream and reggae charts. Even more importantly, Chronixx remains number one in the hearts of his fans.