No matter what genre it comes from, the novelty song remains a gift and a curse, bestowing on an artist the sort of fickle exposure that comes from VH1 talking heads. And so it was for Shaggy, the New York transplant whose voice blasted from Flatbush Avenue soundsystems for nearly eight years (since 1993’s “Oh Carolina,” at least) before “It Wasn’t Me” brought him to Times Square. It’s a fun tune, yes, but you don’t have to be a real head to know that its counterpart, “Angel,” is the album’s best. And if you are a real head, you’re probably loving his new Sly & Robbie–produced, Beres Hammond–
featuring roots reggae throwback “Fight This Feeling,” which exchanges the novel for the tried and true.

Fri., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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