Kevin Lyttle (2004) Fledgling soca vocalist Kevin Lyttle keeps Caribbean kosher on his self-titled album, Kevin Lyttle . But rather than following in the tradition of lewd, gruff-voiced… 2004-07-20 Kevin Lyttle Reggae/Ska
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Kevin Lyttle (2004)

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RIDDIM NATION Can Kevin Lyttle carry dancehall to hip-hop's heights?
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Details Release Date: Jul 20, 2004; Lead Performance: Kevin Lyttle; Genre: Reggae/Ska

Fledgling soca vocalist Kevin Lyttle keeps Caribbean kosher on his self-titled album, Kevin Lyttle. But rather than following in the tradition of lewd, gruff-voiced ''toasters'' like Shabba, Lyttle emulates romantic crooners such as Barrington Levy and Wayne Wonder. His lust is therefore less lurid -- but no less offensive. The St. Vincent native woos in a weak, whiny wavelength that, at its very best moment (''So High''), mocks Al Green's vulnerable texture. Mostly, though, it just hangs in a sickeningly high register over unbearably syrupy karaoke-soca.

Originally posted Jul 09, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints