Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Conscious Voice
Junior Kelly
Jet Star
CD
14-04-2002

Track list
  1. Push E Fire
  2. Bun Down Rome
  3. What A Worries
  4. God Bless
  5. Them & Those
  6. Come One Day
  7. Dem Should A Know
  8. Word Power
  9. Jah Live On (aka Jah Nuh Dead)
  10. Please Remember
  11. Tears From Falling
  12. Can't Ok
  13. What A Worries (Remix)
  14. Love So Nice
  15. My Only Joy featuring Chukki Starr
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
"Conscious Voice" is the fitting title of Junior Kelly's latest album as this artist's recordings so far have shown that he belongs to one of today's reggae soldiers who are on a mission to educate their audience whilst entertaining them. No matter what kind of tune he writes - cultural, reality or lovers - his music always contains a conscious message and this fifteen track CD once again confirms this statement.
The "Conscious Voice" set rounds up a healthy selection of the numerous singles this cultural singjay has voiced since his big breakthrough some two years ago, as well as a few previously unreleased tracks. None of them, except "Jah Live On aka Jah Nuh Dead", appeared on his previous three album releases which makes this release of particular interest for those who have missed (most of) them or were not able to collect them. Great tunes like "Push E Fire", "Bun Down Rome", "Come One Day", "Word Power" the joyous uplifting "Jah Live On aka Jah Nuh Dead", and the absolute killer "What A Worries" over Bob Marley's "Heathen" riddim, show how Junior Kelly's delivery has hardened since chanting the whimsical "Love So Nice", presented here in a Dancehall style remix. No real weak tune included here although the Harvel Hart/Sly & Robbie produced dancehall oriented efforts "Can't Ok" and "Love So Nice" may not fit the taste of the true roots fan. All other tracks are stamped with quality all over and are truly worth your attention. So far our personal favourites are "What A Worries", "Bun Down Rome", "Come One Day", "Jah Live On" and the half-chanted, half-sung "Push E Fire", which incorporates swirling organ licks, choppy rhythm guitar and real drums.
The list of producers features names like Sean Brown, The Great African of "Humal Records", Wayne Niko Hinds, veteran Jimmy Riley, London's Ruff Cut Crew, Harvel Hart/Sly & Robbie and Roy Conan.