Album Review: Hope & Doubt by Taj Weekes and Adowa

Album Name: Hope & Doubt
Artist: Taj Weekes and Adowa
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Taj was the artist spotlight for May 2005, [check it out]

I don’t know much about reggae. My initiation to it was in early college and it consisted of UB40 mostly. Even then I knew they weren’t “real” reggae (but I loved them anyway).

All I knew is that I liked Taj Weekes and Adowa. It’s very peaceful and makes me want to go to Jamaica.

So I enlisted the help of someone I knew who was well versed in this genre.

Here is what he said:

“I liked it too! More traditional in the Marley, Tosh, Isaac’s style of the 70s than dancehall/rap stuff from now.

I thought the vocals could have been pushed up some as they were hard to hear over the music…”

Now I know it’s not a long review, but he wrote it on a post-it note, and it’s much more insightful than I would have been! Either way, it’s great music and Taj Weekes is a very talented guy.

Posted on May 25, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Lonesome In Babylon
2. Scream Out Mellow
3. Jagged
4. Sad
5. Cold
7. Blue
8. Crash
9. Mysterious
10. Life

[Taj Weekes and Adowa Official Site]



Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: i checked out this c.d based on the fact that it was listed on collected sounds, and was pleasantly surprised. Not being into reggae myself i found the album very appealing. Taj’s voice is very comforting, i had no problem hearing the lyrics i thought them very clear. the lyrics sheets helped and i found his the lyrics quites poetic thanks
name: julia zekes on Friday, July 1, 2005

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