Love Again
Lukie D
Pull Up My Selecta!-Greensleeves
November 11, 2009

Lukie D - Love Again Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Love Again
  3. Rescue Me
  4. Hawai Take Me Home
  5. Missing You
  6. Save Me
  7. No Air feat. M'lonie
  8. Just As I Am feat. L.U.S.T.
  9. How Long
  10. Young Love
  11. How Will I Know
  12. Crying Out
  13. Your Kingdom's Falling
  14. One Cup A Day
  15. Interlude
  16. Love In The Club
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Essential -Votes: 7-
Very Good -Votes: 5-
Good -Votes: 5-
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Disappointing -Votes: 2-
A Waste Of Time -Votes: 0-

Total votes : 19
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
It's exactly twenty years ago since Lukie D (born Michael Kennedy in 1972 in Cockburn Pen, Jamaica) debuted with his first full-length album "Golden Rule". Throughout the next two decades he has unmistakably proven to be equally at home with dancehall, ballads and roots material, but up till today he still lacks a career defining hit that would have brought him mass popularity. Even though this might be a minor point in his musical career, it can't be overlooked that he has managed to become a very popular singer with the local and international reggae audience.

Blessed with an easily indentifiable and exceptional vocal style he has treated his fans to nine albums of varied quality including "Golden Rule" (Original Sounds 1989), "Centre Of Attraction" (VP 1995), "The Place To Be" (Down Sound 1997), "Close Your Eyes" (Record Factory 1999), "Eyes On The Prize" (Top Klass 2005), "Be Strong" (Penitentiary 2005), "Deliver Me" (Maximum Sound 2006), "Shelter Me" (Penitentiary 2006) and "Here I Am" (Laxis Records 2007), and more than 300 singles for various labels.

One of the best albums Lukie D has issued so far was the Frenchie produced "Deliver Me" set, and now there's its follow up on Frenchie's new 'Pull Up My Selecta!' label entitled "Love Again", another collection of tunes that provides a very good overview of Lukie D's singing abilities. In contrast to "Deliver Me", producer Frenchie here plays a smaller part as he shares production credits with the likes of Taxi, Kurt Riley, Courtney John, Donovan Germain, JP Greve & Pierre Bost of Special Delivery and Lukie D, as Michael Kennedy, himself. It makes the album less consistent and balanced than "Deliver Me", but we have to admit that it's still a worthy collection of tunes even if it doesn't fully live up to expectations.

Although it doesn't last much longer than 1 minute and 20 seconds, the "Intro" -- an almost acapella sung part of Same Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" -- fully shows his astounding skills as a vocalist. From there the listener is treated to a whole heap of Lovers songs and an occasional Roots tune. The riddims used for the songs sound crisp and dynamic and besides fresh originals such as Maximum Sounds' "Vineyard" ("Crying Out"), FiWi Music's "Old Skool" ("Missing You") and Penthouse's "Feel Good" ("Save Me"), there are also quite a few relicked classic riddims including Jackie Mittoo & Soul Vendors' "Darker Shade Of Black" ("Love Again"), Phyllis Dillon's "Perfidia" ("How Long"), The Cables' "Have Mercy" ("How Will I Know"), Black Uhuru's "Party In Session" ("Your Kingdom's Falling") and Ernest Wilson's "I Know Myself" ("One Cup A Day").

While standouts include "Missing You", "Save Me", "How Long" and "How Will I Know", tunes such as "Rescue Me", the recent hit "Just As I Am" with L.U.S.T., "Young Love" across Bost & Bim's reggae version of Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin's "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus" riddim and the hit duet with female singer M'lonie "No Air", a decent version of the Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown chart-topper, will certainly be appreciated by fans of Jamaican Lovers rock. The only real weak tunes around are "Hawai Take Me Home" and the up-tempo "Love In The Club". Only three tracks that deal with the rootical side of reggae music are featured here, of which "Your Kingdom's Falling" is the best effort, while the herb anthem "One Cup A Day" turns out to be a solid piece.

Overall this isn't a bad album at all and it surely will keep Lukie D's profile high, but it definitely takes a bit more than what's presented on this set to reach the 'must-have' status.