'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
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.