Genre: Reggae/Ska; Lead Performer: Shaggy; Producer (group): Geffen

On stern rabble-rousers like ”Repent,” the dancehall croaker Shaggy demonstrates his potential to be a reggae spitfire, a successor to Peter Tosh. Too bad, then, that Shaggy spends most of Clothesdrop in search of a follow-up to his flyweight hit ”It Wasn’t Me.” Maybe he should lose the monotonous, low-rent beats and banal-hook girls (and boys).

Originally posted September 16 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT

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