Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Pato Banton with Ranking Roger 'Bubbling Hot'

Chart Peak: 15
Due for release on 27th March '95,'Bubbling Hot' is Pato's follow-up to the No.1 'Baby Come Back'. ... He is joined by The Beat's Ranking Roger on this uplifting pop reggae tune.
If you were asked to guess who would be the only person to appear twice on this album, Pato Banton probably isn't the first name to spring to mind but here he is, fresh from his Sting collaboration. This was his second hit as lead artist, though of course he'd been recording for more than a decade already; indeed his first studio appearance was another duet with Ranking Roger on a Beat album track.

The note is right to call this return of the duo "uplifting pop reggae" and I can well imagine there was a pleasing nostalgia for long-term fans. It's certainly jolly but perhaps a little lightweight. Cute video though, uploaded by one of the actors who appears in it - he seems to specialise in playing chefs in TV commercials. Quite nice at this point in the album to hear people not taking themselves too seriously.

Pato Banton also appears on: Now 29 (with Ali and Robin Campbell), 34
Available on: Collections (Domestic Only)

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