Album Review: Sting & Shaggy - 44/876

Shaggy and Sting

"An unlikely pairing that somehow works so well." 

When we first heard that former Police frontman Sting was teaming up with dancehall legend Shaggy - whose 90s hits 'It Wasn't Me', 'Boombastic' and 'Angel' were the soundtrack to our youth - we couldn't quite believe it.

However, there is something quite earthly about the uniting of this unorthodox duo which celebrates the "genre-bending", much like Aerosmith and Run D.M.C.'s 'Walk This Way', which saw rock and hip-hop collide.

Now rock meets reggae -  and the results are genuinely astonishing. 

Lead single 'Don't Make Me Wait' immediately makes us want to book a flight to the Caribbean, sip on rum and feast on jerk chicken.

Sting's lyricism naturally suits Shaggy's ability to get the party started with the upbeat, charming tones to his voice - anyone would think the duo had been making music together for years.

Sting and Shaggy take turns in leading songs and in turn have a go at one another's vocal stylings, both doing one another justice. This composition works wonders and gives the album a flawless continuity. 

Maybe it's time other artists joined forces to continue this "genre-bending" legacy.

Watch: 'Don't Make Me Wait’:

Rating: 8/10

For Fans Of: The Police, Bob Marley

Release date: 20 April