Take a Listen to Bitty McLean's New Reggae Album "Forward"
If he never again wrote an original song, toured, or played an instrument, Bitty McLean would still be my favourite reggae artist. His voice alone is impeccable, a musical fact that is evident in any of his singles or albums from 2004's "On Bond Street" until his latest project, "Forward," that was released April 14, 2023 from TAXI Records. A special edition of the album was released in Japan in September of 2022. His formula is as authentic and traditional, as it is innovative and modern. Clean, melodic, and deeply, deeply rooted in reggae music's most foundational and inspirational elements. Bitty McLean consistently produces and performs good music, and stays committed to the sustainable elements of reggae music and culture. For this reason, he is always at the top of my list. I admired his voice around the same time many others internationally were also powerfully introduced to him en masse, with "Walk Away from Love." It's a song that c