Here’s why this song should be in your collection!
“Life” was featured on Des’ree’s 1998 album, Supernatural. The song hit the Top Five in 10 countries. It reached #3 in Ireland, Sweden, and Switzerland; #2 in France, and #1 in Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, and Spain. But ironically, it only reached #8 in the U.K., her native country.
According to this source, Supernatural barely appeared on any USA music chart and sold only 50,000 copies. In comparison, I Ain’t Movin’ (which contains “You Gotta Be”) went gold. A Brooklyn Funk R&B Mix version of “Life” was released in the USA, but it disappeared without any chart impact. American music critics, like this one, dismissed the song as part of an album that contained “mostly forgettable material.” Des’ree was praised for her vocals but panned for her lyrics.
So what was it about “Life” that Europeans understood but Americans didn’t? Here’s the song. Listen and decide.
This song and album are available in CD and MP3 format from major vendors. But please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
Des’ree’s songs may not resonate with American music fans, but they do with American filmmakers. They have been featured in such movies as Clockers, Set It Off, and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, featuring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio.