Album-Review: Stephen Marley – The Revelation Pt.1: The Root Of Life

May 21, 2011

Any release by a Marley carries a certain weight of expectation. But the second proper solo album by seven time Grammy winning singer, producer and multitasker Stephen bears a palpable sense of ambition beyond the usual fanfare.

For starters it’s a two part project (the next, more eclectic, portion of which will be issued in the autumn) – separating the past and future minded sides to Stephen exhibited on debut Mind Control. This, the more traditional first act, was conceived in response to criticisms that reggae had strayed from the righteousness of Stephen’s father’s era. Furthermore, it follows Stephen’s half brother Damian’s hugely acclaimed Distant Relatives longplayer with Nas – which showcased production techniques Stephen can rightly claim he inspired.

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