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Dec 1st  2001


Britian's prodigal son - OmarOmar - Best by Far :LP (Oyster)


London's prodigal son returns with what most think is his best work yet with Best by Far, a tribute to the man's vast musical genius as an artist, songwriter, producer and performer. You get the distinct impression that this set shows a passionate drive in what he wants his music to bring to the world and bring it he does.

First up is  'I guess ' a bouncy, in fashion dance number that bares a slight resemblance to 'Music ', then we have 'Something real ' and 'Essential ' that follows suit in the same tempo. Next we have the brilliant remake of William DeVaughn's 'Be thankful for what you've got ' featuring the lovely vocals of Miss Erykah Badu - one word description: Excellent. The title track 'Best by Far ' gives you a jazzy vibe feel with an almost  2 minute long intro - just terrific stuff. 

The track that I think is the sleeper of the lot is 'Come on ' featuring Kele La Roc - a great record with great production and Kele's pipes on it to me it's a no brainer - definitely radio friendly. 

Other notables include Goodness, Syleste and Tell me. The title suggests that it's his best work yet which might be true in this case but here's hoping that it's not 'cos Omar's body of work is the BEST BY FAR.





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