My Poor Heart


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Review Text Released in Jamaica as Rudie Boo, under either title this album epitomizes the flaw in the veteran singers' plot to overthrow the DJs by flooding the market with vocal material. Truth be told, Jamaican audiences were only going to be diverted if singers offered up music as strong as the DJs. And, in 1992, given the choice between this album and Chaka Demus & Pliers' Gal Wine Wine Wine, there's no points for guessing which the islanders opted for. My Poor Heart opens up with the Jamaican title track and then immediately follows with the U.S. one, arguably the two weakest cuts on the record. In fact, the first four songs are total workaday mediocrities, the kind the singer knocked out before his first cup of coffee. Isaacs finally sits up and takes notice for "Hooked," but by now he's already halfway into the album. Perhaps producer Richard Bell should have scheduled the session for later in the day. His pleasant, but uninspired, light dancehall arrangements didn't help the situation, as the vocalist now required a tight rein and an innovative production to rouse his interest. It's only on the odd occasion when Bell mixes up the arrangements and production that the album sparks briefly to life, as on the harder dancehall sounds of "Why Keep Me Waiting" and "Kill Them With Music." Actually, that latter song should have titled this album, because, with records like this, Isaacs ran the risk of killing off his fanbase. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. My Poor Heart - 4:01
  2. 2. Rudie Boo - 3:25
  3. 3. You're Welcome - 4:43
  4. 4. Yush - 4:59
  5. 5. Love Keeps Calling - 4:50
  6. 6. Hooked - 4:41
  7. 7. Ha Fi Mek a Tracks - 4:52
  8. 8. Why Keep Me Waiting - 4:51
  9. 9. She Doesn't Want Me - 4:42
  10. 10. Miss Celebrity - 4:39
  11. 11. You Are My Everything - 4:41
  12. 12. Kill Them With Music - 3:25

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