by Cas HaleyCas Haley


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Numerous rockers have incorporated reggae or ska into their work; white singers who are actually reggae-oriented are the exception rather than the rule. But occasionally, one comes across a white artist who has a reggae orientation and sings it convincingly. Someone like Cas Haley. That is not to say that Connection is the work of a reggae purist; Haley's forte is reggae mixed with pop
ock and soul, and anyone who expects Connection to be a hardcore, Rasta-oriented roots reggae album like, say, Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey or Peter Tosh's Legalize It will be disappointed. Haley doesn't have dread locks, and he would rather write about romantic love than Haile Selassie, Rastafarian ideology, or ganja smokers in Trenchtown. But as far as crossover reggae goes, this Texas-based singer/songwriter does have a certain earthiness about him. Connection sounds organic rather than slick, and Haley comes across as someone who is seriously immersed in reggae; not someone who has only a casual interest in reggae and decided to throw in some reggae beats here and there. When Haley performs, one gets the impression that yes, he's into pop
ock, but has also spent a lot of time absorbing the old-school lovers' rock grooves of artists like Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and Freddie McGregor (lover's rock, for the uninitiated, is a term that refers to the apolitical side of '70s and '80s reggae; Isaacs' "Night Nurse" and Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain" are definitive examples of classic lovers' rock). And he clearly shows an awareness of some of the pop
ock groups that have incorporated reggae, such as the Police and UB40. Although original material dominates this 2010 release, Haley also includes a reggae-pop remake of Alicia Keys' "No One" -- which is a logical pick for him given the fact that he has crossover leanings but is also going for a soulful, down-home expression. Connection won't appeal to reggae purists, but listeners who like their reggae mixed with big doses of pop
ock and soul will find it to be an likable outing from this unpretentious Texan.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Easy Star
UPC: 0657481102220
catalogNumber: 1022

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cas Haley   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Eric Smith   Executive Producer
Kerry Brothers   Composer
Alicia Keys   Composer
David Willingham   Additional Production
Michael Goldwasser   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Lem Oppenheimer   Executive Producer
Remy Gerstein   Executive Producer
Cas Haley   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Trey Johnson   Composer,Lyricist
Tom Bridwell   Engineer,Additional Production
Tye Robinson   Engineer
George Harry   Composer
Seth Morley   Composer,Lyricist
Robbie Forbes   Composer
Miki Bornstein   Engineer
Micah Keolanui   Composer
Matt Whatley   Engineer

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