Piece Of The Pie
Junior Kelly
Al.Ta.Fa.An / MKZWO Records
May 15, 2013

Track list
  1. Rock, Rock, Rock
  2. Creator
  3. Go Round Dem feat. Lion Face
  4. Piece Of The Pie
  5. Working Hard
  6. Heads Up
  7. Been There
  8. Save Your Soul
  9. Fly Away
  10. Bun Babylon
  11. Lots Of Herbs
  12. Dem A Wonder feat. Smiley
  13. Don't Say No feat. Mark Wonder
  14. Still A Hold Faith
  15. Win Or Loose
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
In 2000, Junior Kelly, who recorded his first single "Over Her Body" while still in school in the 1980s, stepped into the foreground of the contemporary reggae roots picture with his big hit "Love So Nice". The latter was a brilliant tune and since then he proved to have 'star-quality' written all over the discs he recorded.

"Piece Of The Pie", the follow up to VP Records' "Red Pond", is Junior Kelly's tenth studio album, and just like the previous ones this collection contains songs that deal with life and love delivered with an irresistible passion. Each and every song featured here showcases that Junior Kelly has it all: lyrics, sound, and power! Not all of the material is brand new; in fact most of the songs have been previously released and thus may be well known to Junior Kelly followers as well as fans of contemporary roots reggae. The same goes for the riddims, mainly played by the Firehouse Crew. Riddim spotters will certainly recognise Al.Ta.Fa.An / Anthony Senior produced riddims such as "Addicted To Music", "Kiana", "Security", "Senior", "Dem A Wonder", and "Jelani". Other riddims included here are Big Bomb Entertainment's "Broad Leaf", Oneness Records' "Redeemer" and the powerful "Jah Children" from San Francisco based label and soundsystem Nowtime Sound.

With songs like the Afro Latin flavoured title track "Piece Of The Pie, the Sizzla-esque "Bun Babylon" and, of course, last year's chart topper "Been There" he scatters salt in the wounds of the (domestic) society, while his faith leaves no doubt with songs like the outstanding "Creator" and "Go Round Dem", the nice collaboration with veteran deejay Lion Face. Junior Kelly's smoker tunes are always cool, which is once again proven with "Lots Of Herbs". The latter is underpinned by the "Jah Children" riddim, on which Junior Kelly actually did two versions; the aforementioned "Lots Of Herbs" and the even better effort, "Jah Children". Besides the already mentioned combination with Lion Face, this set also features collaborations with up-and-coming Holland based Aruban reggae singer Smiley and the underrated Mark Wonder. It's "Dem A Wonder" with Smiley that makes a serious impression, while Don't Say No, the combination tune with Mark Wonder, isn't far behind.

All in all "Piece Of The Pie" is not particular surprising as the bulk of the material is already known, but it's definitely one of Junior Kelly's best albums.