"There have been an unusually large number of impressive reggae releases over the past few months, so to say that Hope & Doubt is one of the best reggae releases of the year is saying something. Weekes is an amazing talent who delivers an astonishing debut. Hope & Doubt is how roots reggae should be done; listen at cdbaby, then buy."
World Music Central
"His sort of reggae is built around a longstanding roots-style framework, with tidy production values and a crisp rhythmic bounce that matches well with Weekes’ warm, mildly urgent voice and knack for melodic and lyrical hooks. Hope & Doubt brings reggae to the mainstream in a way that readily bespeaks Bob Marley- not about to compromise commercially though readily embracing all with ears to hear." Tom Orr
"Wow, this album is seductive. I don’t know from what sweet garden of delights those tunes were harvested, but they sure are tasty and rich in nutrients. The arrangements and the musicianship are a joy as well, making emphatic use of horns, organ, and especially the lyrical, Knopfler-influenced lead guitar." Ted Boothroyd
"If ever there was a band that absorbed the roots rocking throb of the Wailers Band it would have to be Taj Weekes and Adowa on their debut disc Hope & Doubt."
"Part lover, part mystic agitator, part aggrieved spokesman, this acute observer of the human carnival has crafted a work that signals a seismic shift in the future of reggae music. An inspired work of uncommon verve. Audacious and original, it shines like a beacon among the gray of contemporary reggae."
"His sound is a rich and pleasing mix of roots reggae flavors... Recommended."
"Rarely does an album feel warm and familiar from the first listen, but Taj Weekes & Adowa's debut effort, Hope & Doubt, gently integrates it's magic into your bloodstream from the word go. And unlike most albums that quickly endear themselves to you, this long player will keep you coming back for more long after your first cherished encounter. It really won't matter whether you are a big fan of reggae or not. For music that honest, positive, reflective, realistic and rich, you're going to have to search hard to find anything to top this."