Tough Life

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
There's nothing like a talented singjay to renew your faith in modern reggae music, and Junior Kelly is made to order in that department. His latest finds him continuing to develop his signature style, a roots-oriented yet sonically modern mix of cultural and lovers elements. The album opens powerfully with the energetically sung title track, and although "Blaze" then indicates an unfortunate flirtation with Bobo Dread "fiyah" rhetoric, he quickly steps back onto more solid ground, admonishing his own brethren on "Rasta Should Be Deeper" and showing off his considerable vocal prowess on "Receive." The album's finest moment comes on a gorgeous combination track, a DJ cut ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
There's nothing like a talented singjay to renew your faith in modern reggae music, and Junior Kelly is made to order in that department. His latest finds him continuing to develop his signature style, a roots-oriented yet sonically modern mix of cultural and lovers elements. The album opens powerfully with the energetically sung title track, and although "Blaze" then indicates an unfortunate flirtation with Bobo Dread "fiyah" rhetoric, he quickly steps back onto more solid ground, admonishing his own brethren on "Rasta Should Be Deeper" and showing off his considerable vocal prowess on "Receive." The album's finest moment comes on a gorgeous combination track, a DJ cut of J.C. Lodge's "Somebody Loves You," here titled "Love You Like That." It's hard to say which is more thrilling about that song -- Kelly's own fully committed performance or Lodge's seemingly ageless voice. "Not I" and the unusually rockish "Youths Dem Nah Cool" are also solid winners, as is the jazzy and funky "Jam for a While." Only the lackluster lovers number "The More I See Her" fails to impress. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645170727
  • Catalog Number: 1707
  • Sales rank: 268,867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tough Life (4:06)
  2. 2 Blaze (4:06)
  3. 3 Rasta Should Be Deeper (3:29)
  4. 4 Receive (4:22)
  5. 5 Love You Like That (Someone Loves You Honey) (3:47)
  6. 6 Touch My Heart (4:02)
  7. 7 Hold the Faith (Hold on to What You Got) (3:15)
  8. 8 Jah Give Me Strength (3:53)
  9. 9 Not I (4:22)
  10. 10 Youths Dem Nah Cool (3:27)
  11. 11 Satan Throne (3:19)
  12. 12 Loser (4:16)
  13. 13 Jam for a While (5:08)
  14. 14 Ease My Pain (4:41)
  15. 15 Dem Story (4:05)
  16. 16 The More I See Her (3:32)
  17. 17 Be Wise (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Junior Kelly Primary Artist
Pam Hall Background Vocals
Donovan Benji Belnavis Bass
Trevor Skatta Bonnick Keyboards
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Drums
Dalton Browne Guitar
Glen Browne Bass, Bass Guitar
Ian Coleman Guitar
Donald Dennis Bass Guitar
Lloyd Denton Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson Keyboards
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Leebert Morrison Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Guitar
Paul Crossdale Keyboards, Musician
Benjamin Myers Musician
Stephen Gibson Drums
Maria Smith Background Vocals
Strickland Stone Bass, Guitar
Anthony "Amde" Hamilton Background Vocals
C. Campbell Background Vocals
Mitchum Chin Guitar
Connie Campbell Background Vocals
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Bass
Althea Layne Hamilton Background Vocals
Sean Darson Drums
Nick Fantastic Bass, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Anthony "Bass" Hibbert Drums, Overdubs
Bernard Raymond Guitar
David Anglin Percussion
Omar Clennon Guitar
Leiba Hibbert Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roy Cousins Producer
Donovan Benji Belnavis Producer
Trevor Skatta Bonnick Producer, Engineer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Producer
Bobby Dixon Engineer
Sly Dunbar Producer
G.A. Grant Composer
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson Producer
Leebert Morrison Producer, Engineer
Robbie Shakespeare Producer
Steely Engineer
Christopher Chin Producer, Executive Producer
Cegricia Hamilton Producer
Steve Harrison Engineer
L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson Composer
Joel Chin Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Mastering
Murray Elias Producer
Paul Shields Mastering
Dwight Dawes Producer
Roland McDermott Engineer
Don Devaney Composer
Rolando Wilson Producer
Gregory J. Morris Engineer
Samuel Jonathan Johnson Arranger, Producer
D. Dennis Composer
Kerry DeBruce Graphic Design, Art Direction
Garfield Hamilton Producer
Troy McLean Producer
Arthur Simms Engineer
R. Wilson Composer
Anthony Senior Producer
Boris Silvera Producer
Carlinton Morrison Arranger, Producer
C.S. Dodd Composer
Keith Morgan Producer
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