Junior Kelly – “Tough Life”

Album Reviews | Sep 13th, 2005

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Record Label: VP Records
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Junior Kelly is back with another great Lover’s rock record. Filled with his Rasta teachings and love of women, Junior Kelly is at his best. Songs like “Receive,” which is his first single off “Tough Life,” has made splashes with the Jamaican charts as well as hitting heavy rotation on R&B, Hip Hop radio stations. On top of having a great singing voice, Junior Kelly has also written and produced the entire “Tough Life” record. Impressive and stylish, Kelly has a great record in “Tough Life.” Since starting back in the late 90s, each record gets stronger and stronger and has several potential hits on an album since Junior Kelly’s 2001 hit “Love So Nice.” I enjoyed “Hold The Faith,” which features the late great Dennis Brown’s “Hold onto what you got,” along with a very familiar riddim that I don’t know the name of. I just know I have heard Luciano use it. One thing is certain, when listening to the new record, Junior Kelly has much love, and love for his music is prevalent.

Bottom Line: Tough Life is one of the best reggae releases of 2005, and Junior Kelly delivers his strongest album to date.
Notable Tracks: Rasta Should Be Deeper, Tough Life, Not I, Hold The Faith, Loser
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