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In concert: Serani

SeraniSerani's Sunday night show at Crossroads proved a fitting end to Valentine's Day. (Photo by Chris Richards)

By Sarah Godfrey

Because music listeners should never have to weep alone, some artists deliver their most wrenching lyrics in a touching - and comforting - warbling crying voice. The technique has been perfected by everyone from rapper Ghostface and singer Celine Dion to newish adoptee Serani. The dancehall producer/vocalist sounds as if he's choking back sobs of joy throughout his hit "She Loves Me," and it's an incredible effect. Any dancehall artist can make you soak through your shirt, but few can make you put down your drink and daub at your eyes.

(An appropriate Valentine's Day set, after the jump.)

A part of the mighty Daseca production trio (he's the man behind Sean Paul's "We Be Burnin'") and a mixtape fave for some time, Serani released the full-length "No Games" at the end of last year. He performed much of the material on the album, with emphasis on the emotional romance tracks, at a Valentine's Day show at the Crossroads on Sunday night.

After paying homage to some of the best in crossover dancehall (Devonte and Tanto Metro's "Everyone Falls In Love," Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go"), the Kingston native dug into his own songbook: "No Games" which is as much of a poppy weeper as "She Loves Me," as well at the amorous double-header of "Romance Me" and "Naked."

Serani's not all tissues and Visine, though. He ended with the more hard-core sound of his 2008 breakout track "Doh," and also the peppy "Skip to Ma Luu" (during which he lead everyone in the dance of the same name) because the dancehall would start to get a bad rep if it sent folks home tear-stained, but not sweat-drenched.

By David Malitz  |  February 15, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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