Grant, Della – “Don’t Make Sense” – [Twinkle Records]
Della Grant is one of the Queens of Reggae and “Don’t Make Sense”, her ninth album helps her continue her reign. Coming from a family of reggae luminaries (her husband Ralston Grant is one half of the Twinkle brothers), Della uses her pedigree to a righteous end. What caught me when I first heard a track from the CD was the voice, the beautiful unique voice that is Della’s. It’s not so much smooth as vibrato, with this wobbly sort of quality that catches your ear and hooks you in. And I retract the part about smooth: she is very smooth, connecting the notes over this style of ease and assuredness. Her songs cover topics about love and relationships, social injustice and all things zion. They flow together so well and the transitions make sense.
The instrumentation is classic reggae stylings. Some of it sounds synthesized, like karaoke. But good karaoke. Or cocktail lounge. YES! That is it. This is music for the Reggae Cocktail Lounge, no joke. It would be so perfect to be sitting back in some upholstered booth, sipping on a drink, after work, the band tunes up, the familiar bass line drops, and Della steps out under the spot light and begins to sing, soothing all the stress of the day away. I want this place. I want Della singing there. Until I find it, this CD will have to do.