A Day in the Life...

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
An album that had critics reaching for superlatives, A Day in the Life... was yet another magnificent set from Beres Hammond, an artist who seems incapable of anything less. This is a punchier record than its predecessor, Love From a Distance. The rhythms are sharper with edgier dancehall atmospheres than the gentler moods that blossomed on Love. But love is still an important theme in all its joy and passion, and Hammond explores it across a myriad of moods from the gentle romance of "Always Be There" to the fiery torch song "All I Need." But which woman is he singing about, for elsewhere he's caught in a "Two Sweet Love Affair," a soul stirrer about a love triangle. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
An album that had critics reaching for superlatives, A Day in the Life... was yet another magnificent set from Beres Hammond, an artist who seems incapable of anything less. This is a punchier record than its predecessor, Love From a Distance. The rhythms are sharper with edgier dancehall atmospheres than the gentler moods that blossomed on Love. But love is still an important theme in all its joy and passion, and Hammond explores it across a myriad of moods from the gentle romance of "Always Be There" to the fiery torch song "All I Need." But which woman is he singing about, for elsewhere he's caught in a "Two Sweet Love Affair," a soul stirrer about a love triangle. That number has a funky feel, while in contrast "Sorry Mi Brethren" is pure effervescence, an absolute charmer where Hammond delicately turns down a night out with the boys to stay in with his best girl. So many ladies, so little time, and on "It's Not Official" the singer has spotted a new one, and is lost in love all over again. All of these are classics, but there's more to come, including the fabulous "This Love," where Hammond and Chevelle Franklin fall hungrily into each other's arms, and the equally stellar "Let's Face It," which soulfully dips into the cultural realm with its message of the importance of love for all. On the lush "Life" the singer muses on life's constant ability to surprise, yet that's no need for distress for Hammond knows "Victory" awaits the faithful, another standout cut that unites a rootsy dancehall backing to a fervid vocal performance. Which is why "Nothing's Gonna Change" as far as the singer is concerned, and on this slick R&B-styled song, Hammond makes fervently clear his determination to carry on bringing joy to listeners, and is equally adamant that he'll live his life as he chooses. Of course that doesn't mean those who follow suit aren't in for a tongue-lashing, and Hammond takes a lyrical whip to one skylarker on "There You Go," the smooth sweetness of the arrangement and vocals belying the bite of the lyrics. Elsewhere he tries to jolly the bad boys out of their wickedness with a bouncy backing and anthemic melody, asking them "What About Joy." But in the infectious stakes, "Can You Play Some More" is the most lethal, a massive hit that brought sheer delirium to the dancehalls with its exuberant celebration of the music and the dance. Hammond self-produced much of this set, but there's also a Fat Eyes production, a pair overseen by Donovan Germain, and a couple from Bobby "B. NixX" Nickson. A myriad of musicians lend a hand, with the Firehouse Crew, Sly & Robbie, Stephen Marsden, and Dean Fraser among the illustrious talent, alongside a bevy of backing vocalists. It's a sumptuous affair, with plenty of dancehall flair, and packs an emotional wallop. Yet another must-have for fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645153423
  • Catalog Number: 1534
  • Sales rank: 104,521

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Not Official (3:58)
  2. 2 Life (4:21)
  3. 3 Always Be There (3:49)
  4. 4 Sorry Mi Brethren (4:03)
  5. 5 Two Sweet Love Affair (4:00)
  6. 6 Let's Face It (4:01)
  7. 7 Can You Play Some More (3:59)
  8. 8 Nothing's Gonna Change (3:32)
  9. 9 All I Need (4:32)
  10. 10 There You Go (4:05)
  11. 11 This Love (3:33)
  12. 12 What About Joy (3:49)
  13. 13 I'd Give Anything (3:58)
  14. 14 Victory (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beres Hammond Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Pam Hall Background Vocals
Khadejia Bass Background Vocals
Chevelle Franklyn Track Performer
Dorette Wisdom Background Vocals
Leeba Hibbert Background Vocals
Nicola Tucker Background Vocals
Verese Vassell Background Vocals
Rovleta Fraser Background Vocals
Sonya Collymore Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dennis Contributor
Beres Hammond Producer, Executive Producer
Errol Brown Engineer
Michael "Ibo" Cooper Engineer
The Firehouse Crew Contributor
Donald Dennis Contributor
Sly Dunbar Contributor
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall Producer
Dean Fraser Contributor
Anthony "Al" Graham Engineer
Julio Engineer
Willie Lindo Contributor
David Madden Contributor
Nasty Contributor
Dwight Pinkney Contributor
Nambo Robinson Contributor
Robbie Shakespeare Contributor
Collin "Bulbie" York Producer
Christopher Birch Contributor
Christopher Chin Executive Producer, Mastering
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Contributor
Shane Brown Engineer
Joel Chin Mastering
Leroy Champaign Art Direction
Paul Shields Mastering
Chris Theis Engineer
Dwight Dawes Contributor
Robby Lyn Contributor
Sydney Contributor
Roland McDermott Engineer
Garfield McDonald Engineer
Andre "Rookie" Tyrell Engineer
Rolando Wilson Contributor
Rohan "Jimjay" Stephens Engineer
Kevin "Wingy" Thompson Engineer
Nigel Burrell Engineer
Donavon Germaine Producer
Robert Angus Contributor
Paulette Bellamy Contributor
Carlton Messam Contributor
Mervis Walsh Producer
Bobby "B. NixX" Nickson Producer
Carl Peterson Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LIFE

    LOVE BERES DEEPLY HIS MUSIC VERY MUCH. HIS RICH SOUND IS SMOOTH LIKE MILK HE MEZMIRIZES ME WITH HIS SOUND. i COULD ONLY HOPE THAT MORE PEOPLE COULD SHARE THE SOUND THAT HE GIVES OUT IT'S WONDERFUL.

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