No Stress Express

No Stress Express

by Half Pint


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Half Pint has taken a decidedly leisurely approach to recording over the past couple of decades, releasing only two albums during the ten years between his 1998 hit Legal We Legal and the new No Stress Express. But after more than thirty years in the business his exuberant tunefulness and positive attitude remain undiminished, and if this album doesn't feature him operating at the complete peak of his powers, it's still a worthy addition to Half Pint's small but distinguished catalog. Two tracks find him working with members of Sublime and the Long Beach Dub All-Stars -- the album-opening "Unity" is a sweet acoustic-based pop-reggae ditty that nicely sets the tone for the rest of the album, but "A Girl Like You" doesn't quite rise to the same standard. Sly & Robbie appear on two tracks, most notably a very fine remake of Half Pint's 2002 hit "Blessing Darling," and Dollarman contributes a nice deejay performance on the excellent combination track "Babylon Release the Chain." But the track that will likely garner the most attention is a fun and bouncy rocksteady arrangement of the Cars' new wave hit "My Best Friend's Girl" -- a rendition that ought to be heard blaring out of car windows all summer. This album's only real weakness is Half Pint's tendency to drift flat on a few of these songs -- a tendency that has always been there but seems to be getting worse as he ages. Still, No Stress Express is lots of fun overall, and will be welcomed by Half Pint's dedicated core of international fans. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2008
Label: Varese Fontana
UPC: 0030206304121
catalogNumber: 63041
Rank: 85896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Half Pint   Primary Artist
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Chico Chin   Horn Section
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Sky Juice   Percussion
Paul Kastick   Drums
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
David Madden   Horn Section
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Nambo Robinson   Horn Section
Style Scott   Drums
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Christopher Birch   Keyboards
Paul Crossdale   Piano,Keyboards
Benjy Myaz   Bass
Jack Maness   Guitar,Keyboards
Jimmy Paxson   Drums
Lew "Word" Richards   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Half Pint   Composer
M. Williams   Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Producer
Sizzla   Composer
Jack Maness   Producer
B.G. Hammond   Producer
M.J. Harris   Producer
Dollarman   Composer

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