Junior Kelly’s Tough Life by Elena Oumano

Junior Kelly’s Tough Life by Elena Oumano

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With the lion’s share of today’s reggae driven by dancehall’s digital beats, and holier-than-thou mic rockers like Sizzla courting hip-hop heads with cynical pussy shout-outs, you just know some in the “conscious” roots contingent are struggling to regain a sense of self. Not Junior Kelly. Tough Life—Kelly’s best effort since 2001′s Love So Nice (led by that title track’s rare public admission of romantic vulnerability)—proves he’s his own man, no retro-minded clone.

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