One Life To Live
Legendary Records
May 25, 2005

Track list
  1. Jah Is The Ruler feat. Gentleman
  2. Give Jah The Power
  3. Glad Your Mine
  4. Breaking Up
  5. Number One
  6. Keep Movin On
  7. One Life To Live
  8. Who The Hell
  9. Spiritual Journey feat. Hopeton Lindo
  10. Don't Throw Your Life Away
  11. Hold On
  12. I Wish
  13. Bet You Don't Know
  14. Slave Addiction
  15. Born To Be Dread
  16. Gang War
  17. Feel The Vibes
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
It's been almost 8 years ago that Causion, born Gregory Colin Bailey in the twin-Island of Antigua and Barbuda, released his very impressive debut album "Time Will Tell". It's almost unbelievable that so much time has gone after that set, before Causion, who knew from an early age that he wanted to be a professional singer/songwriter/musician - and reggae was the way, after this early establishment as a talented singer. Starting out he didn't have to search far for support and inspiration to achieve his goals as he grew up in a family, where many members are established musicians. Causion first enjoyed success in 1988 with a combination tune entitled "African Girl". During the first half of the nineties he released several 7" singles, which were well received both in the US and the Caribbean. He teamed up with the Kingston JA based engineer/producer Syl Gordon of both "Cylton" Records and "321 Strong" for whom he recorded the single "Intimidation", which was released in the spring of 1997. This tune - the opener of his first album - came to Reggae Vibes' Teacher & Mr.T's attention later that year and got a "four out of five stars" review in which they stated the following "... a nice conscious cut on an upbeat, contemporary and full-sounding original riddim. An appealing record that immediately grabs you and makes you wanna dance". In the years between Causion kept releasing impressive 7"s for Syl Gordon's 321 Strong & Cell Block labels and Fiona & Jason Sterling's Jasafar label, all included on this sophomore album "One Life To Live". His combination for Cell Block with Germany's reggae star Gentleman "Jah Is The Ruler", that was released as a 7" mid 2005, opens this album in strong fashion, followed by the fine "Give Jah The Power" and the very nice Hopeton Lindo and Winston 'Bopee' Bowen co-written - 2004 7" on Cell Block - love ballad "Glad You're Mine". A great cover of Alton Ellis' in 1968 for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle and a year later for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One recorded "Breaking Up" is up next, and this - 2005 7" released on Jasfar - tune is a prime example of the excellent female backing vocals adding an extra dimension to almost every tune on this album, provided by most often by Fiona, but also Michelle Gayle, Michelle Gordon, Raquelle Philips, Twiggie, Sharon Forrester, Pam Hall with Brian & Tony Gold and Melanie Lynch. The 2003 on Cell Block as 7" released "Number One" has Causion delivering Hopeton Lindo lyrics (who is (co-)writer of many tunes on this album) over Alton Ellis' 1967 Studio One 'I'm Still In Love'-riddim. Then Causion's soulful voice is used to full effect in a pop-reggae ballad adaptation of soul singer Sam Cooke's 1963 "Keep Movin On", before going even one tad slower for the title tune, the ballad "One Life To Live" and the very catch "Who The Hell" (do you think you are?). "Spiritual Journey" is a great conscious tune with beautiful trumpet accents by Junior 'Chico' Chin, followed by "Don't Throw Your Life Away", and the further you are getting into this album, the more you realize how close Causion's voice and delivery get to that of UK's Maxi Priest. "Hold On" is bit too much of a pop ballad for my taste despite Dean Fraser's great saxophone contribution, but strangely enough that is compensated for in the excellent cover of R&B star R. Kelly's "I Wish". On the next lovers tune, the great "Bet You Didn't Know" it's the reminiscence with Maxi Priest again making a big impression, followed by the tune that gave 321 Strong's 2000 selection over the 'Addiction'-riddim its name, the great "Slave Addiction" being the number one killer of the black population. On the uptempo "Born To Be Dread" the fine faster paced delivery is supported by some great Dean Fraser horn accents again, before the harsh reality of "Gang War" is depicted over a nice Firehouse Crew riddim. This very fine sophomore album by Causion is closed (over a Christopher 'Longman' Birch built riddim) with the poppy "Feel The Vibes", and it surely should be hoped for that it won't take another 7 or 8 years before we hear again from this very talented singer.

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