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Junior Kelly / Tough Life
Album:Tough Life Collection:Reggae
Artist:Junior Kelly Added:Dec 2005
Label:Vp Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-12-11 Pull Date:2006-02-12 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Feb 12Feb 5Jan 29Jan 22Jan 15Jan 8Dec 25

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 07, 2006:Farmer Flap-Jack Sessions
Tough Life, Blaze
4.Feb 08, 2006:The Dub Space
Hold The Faith
2.Mar 01, 2006:Afro Rhythms
Youths Dem Nah Cool
5.Feb 08, 2006:Afro Rhythms
Youths Dem Nah Cool
3.Feb 13, 2006:Happy Hour
Tough Life
6.Feb 01, 2006:Deep in the Groove
Not I

Album Review
Sadie McFarlane
Reviewed 2005-12-05 
Junior Kelly – Tough Life (VP Records)
Reviewed by Sadie O., 12/5/05
Hard, righteous, in-your-face reggae with unique vocal stylings. Kelly has a voice with a lot of variation, from almost growling some of the toasting parts to occasionally singing quite nicely. The music is straightforward (not dubby), but hard and aggressive, with a female backing chorus sweetening the mix. The rasta hard-times songs are great with a very “stepping razor” vibe, the love songs mostly suck.
No FCC. 1, 9 and 10 are excellent.
1. 4:06 ***militant uptempo skank, hard toast, cool chorus.
2. 4:06 **cool bubble, oft-repeated “blaze” pronounced almost like he’s expelling something bad.
3. 3:29 **rather sweeter sound, with prominent horns and chorus. All sorts of vocalizations by Kelly.
4. 4:22 slow, more sung than toasted, rather commercial sounding.
5. 3:47 cool midtempo bubble, unfortunately there’s very commercial female vocals by JC Lodge. Without her, it would actually be pretty cool.
6. 4:02 midtempo, nice old-school keyboard, overly harmonized chorus.
7. 3:15 *midtempo, sweet vocals by Dennis Brown, complementing Kelly’s toasting and female chorus, very slightly dubby sounding.
8. 3:53 **midtempo, cool rasta lyrics.
9. 4:22 ***great midtempo skank, crazy toasting, fun stuff.
10. 3:27 ***snaky syncopation by Sly and Robbie – yah cool!
11. 3:19 **downtempo nyahbinghi beat, unusual instrumentation for that kind of vibe, but interesting.
12. 4:16 **good lyrics about how mistreating your woman makes you a loser. Kind of strangled sounding delivery in places.
13. 5:08 medtempo, pretty love song.
14. 4:41 starts with talking – attempted seduction. Uptempo and bouncy with decent toasting, but a bit embarrassing in places.
15. 4:05 **cool militant midtempo bump, with some quite odd falsetto bits, fun background noises.
16. 3:32 midtempo love song. Ok.
17. 4:14 midtempo bubble, very roots. Frequent repetition of chorus makes it a tad same-y.

Track Listing
1.Tough Life 9.Not I
2.Blaze 10.Youths Dem Nah Cool
3.Rasta Should Be Deeper 11.Satan Throne
4.Receive 12.Loser
5.Love You Like That 13.Jam For A While
6.Touch My Heart 14.Ease My Pain
7.Hold The Faith 15.Dem Story
8.Jah Give Me Strength 16.The More I See Her
 17.Be Wise