Time for another review of an album nobody wanted but which I somehow found in my postbox anyway. This month, we’re giving “Mr Lover Lover: The Best of Shaggy…Part 1” a more in-depth listen than it was ever supposed to receive.
In some ways you have to be impressed at someone who can produce several albums of music in which every song is a lecherous rap addressed at one or more women, virtually pleading with them to have sex with you, over samples of the most unlikely music. But Shaggy has done exactly that, and in this best of, he’s presented us with no less than fourteen examples of this unending catalogue of ladybothering. Well, actually, he’s presented us with thirteen examples, because the last track is the same as the first track.
The cover photo – where a stock picture of a woman in a bikini has been unconvincingly superimposed over Shaggy looking like he’s creeping up on her with his flies unzipped – sets the tone for the entire record, though unfortunately while this hints at the lyrical content it gives no warning of the alarming samples contained within: Janet Jackson, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and “Green Onions” by Booker T and the MG’s are all in there, and Boombastic actually samples “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, which is ironic because when the song comes on I just want to get it off.
|Track||Title||Word 1||Word 2||Word 3||Word 4|
|1||Boombastic (Sting Remix)||Vacuous||self||aggrandizing||muck|
|2||In the Summertime||Lame||cover,||extra||rapping|
|4||Luv Me Luv Me||Needy||with||Jacko||samples|
|5||Nice and Lovely||Lecherous||lyrics||over||be-bop|
|6||Train is Coming||About||sex||not||trains|
|7||Why You Treat Me So Bad||Couldn’t||actually||hear||Shaggy|
|9||Piece of My Heart||Sentimental||with||reggae||shouting|
|10||Sexy Body Girl||Sleazy||song||samples||Survivor|
|13||Get Up Stand Up||Bob||Marley’s||grave||rotating|
I counted up the tracks that start with some variation of Shaggy shouting his own name so you know it’s him, and there’s seven of them. I imagine this is what he does during sex. The name checks at the start are a handy way of knowing who else he’s roped in. Most of the tracks feature someone called Rayvon, to the extent that Shaggy takes a bit of a rest during track seven and it appears to be a Rayvon solo track put here by mistake.
My favourite bit of this album is the line in Boombastic about “your cous cous perfume”. My least favourite bit was the repeat of Boombastic in the final track. They’re apparently different mixes but I couldn’t tell the difference and deciding you want one of your songs to appear twice in your “best of” seems to be overdoing it. The whole album’s overdoing it, though, and my advice to Shaggy is that if he wants to live up to his name he needs to come across as being a bit less desperate.