Q (12/03, p.129) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...His fourth album sees credible Jean making a timely return. On the world-weary 'Industry' he laments rap's staggering death toll and inspires genuine sadness..."
Mojo (Publisher) (12/03, pp.104-6) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[U]pbeat and jubilant....This is, above all else, a showcase for Wyclef the songwriter..."
THE PREACHER'S SON includes a limited edition bonus DVD.
On THE PREACHER'S SON's "Three Nights in Rio," Wyclef Jean jams with master guitarist and latter-day pop icon Carlos Santana, trading wicked solos as 'Clef, an underrated guitarist himself, veers from Latin pop-styled vocals into straight rap into affectionate calls for one big jam. More than any moment, this track may sum up the appeal of Wyclef Jean, a musical chameleon who earnestly immerses himself in whatever sonic world he's chosen to inhabit.
In addition to his genre-bending, Wyclef also possesses a genuine love for hip-hop and its rich history, and this passion glows throughout this, his fourth solo record. Not surprisingly, Wyclef proves as capable of a tortured-soul reflective R&B ballad (on "Class Reunion") as he is of losing himself in a rap (on "Party To Damascus," which features Missy Elliott in an expert guest turn). THE PREACHER'S SON presents more of 'Clef's softer side when fellow Jersey rapper Redman drops by to growl on the mellow, insightful "Baby Daddy" and on the sweetly smooth Delfonics-style "Baby." Wyclef Jean has always projected a restless, adventurous spirit, and THE PREACHER'S SON continues his nomadic musical life, resulting in yet another eclectic and engaging album.