Tarrus Riley Parables on LP
The reggae singer who gave us "Larger than Life" and "Barber Chair" on his first album Challenges, returned in 2006 even better than before. His sophomore album Parables is suitably titled, as each song is a lesson from the book of life. With analytical lyrics embracing Rasta teachings and his heart felt romantic delivery, the compelling voice of Tarrus Riley has been winning fans over. Produced by the multi-faceted Dean Fraser, Parables served as yet another respectable achievement for the young artist.
The title track, "Parables," written by Tarrus on Max Romeo's "Three Blind Mice" rhythm, cautions us to ‘read between the lines'. Tarrus's first cover song of John Legend's, "Stay With You," proved to be one of the perpetual classics from Riley. "She's Royal" is the kind of song that creeps up on you, with an excellent arrangement. The anthemic "Lion Paw" offers a stamp of approval, with rhythm. And then Della Manley helps bring us home to "Family," a real groove-finder capped off by a melodious chorus.