December 23, 2004
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Vivian Jones, an expressive singer with a warm and soulful voice, has established a long and fruitful career. During the past two decades he has scored numerous quality hits in England and has delivered some noteworthy albums as well, including the recently re-issued "Jah Works" for Jah Shaka (1990) and the self-produced "Moment Of Magic" (1997) for his own Imperial House label. Now here's Vivian Jones' latest (limited edition) album entitled "Reality Life", the follow up to the great, roots & culture oriented "Big Leaders" set. This 12 track album is the result of Vivian Jones teaming up with musician, engineer and producer Barry O'Hare from Ocho Rios based World-A-Muzik Productions (formerly X-Rated Records). All tracks - recorded at the now closed Grove Studio in Ocho Rios, Jamaica - are arranged by Vivian Jones, Barry O'Hare and Ian "Beezy" Coleman, and produced by Barry O'Hare. "Reality Life" confirms the multifaceted nature of this fine singer's talent, covering as it does, songs that deal with the matters of the heart, cultural concerns, and reality themes, and all with the same refinement. Thus you'll enjoy wonderful lovers rock tunes such as "Worries Tonight", "That Way", "Nice Lady", and the truly excellent "Take Your Time", a song with hit potential. With the title track "Reality Life" and "Paedophile", coming across the haunting "Pressure" riddim, Vivian Jones delivers great reality tunes, while "Build Up Africa" on Bob Marley's "Heathen" riddim and Jah Live (Hypocrite) are noteworthy cultural efforts.