August 24, 1993
Reggae, Reggae-Pop, Contemporary Reggae, Club/Dance, Dancehall, Ragga

Album Review

Shaggy's debut album, Pure Pleasure, has been described as a dancehall album for those who generally don't care for dancehall and, to be sure, the CD managed to reach a lot of listeners who find dancehall limited and one-dimensional. The toaster accomplished this by striving for variety and being more musical than a lot of dancehall artists. Plus, the fact that he is fairly recognizable doesn't hurt; when other 1990s dancehall upstarts were becoming Shabba Ranks clones, Shaggy combined dancehall aggression with such influences as Yellowman. Pure Pleasure has its share of conventional, sexploitive dancehall, but Shaggy takes some chances on conscious numbers like "It Bun Me" and "Give Thanks and Praise" as well as his infectious interpretation of Prince Buster's "Oh, Carolina." Pure Pleasure isn't a gem, but it's an often enjoyable album that has some variety and does its part to broaden dancehall.
Alex Henderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Soon Be Done
  2. Give Thanks and Praise
  3. Lust
  4. Oh Carolina
  5. Tek Set
  6. Bedroom Bounty Hunter
  7. Nice and Lovely
  8. Love How Them Flex
  9. All Virgins
  10. Ah-E-A-Oh
  11. It Bun Me
  12. Big Up
  13. Bow Wow Wow
  14. Follow Me
  15. Mampie [*]
  16. Oh Carolina [Raas Bumba Claat Version]
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