Friday, January 16, 2009

Stephen Marley gets soulful on 'Acoustic' album (review 01/16/2009)

review by Krista Henry / Jamaica Gleaner

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

It says a lot about an artiste when he can release a 'simpler' version of a Grammy award-winning album and it sounds even more soulful than the original. Musician Stephen Marley has done just that with the release of Mind Control Acoustic.

In today's world, there are few musicians who record albums acoustically. Mind Control Acoustic blows the listener away with its simple use of instruments that draw you into a private world of reggae music. Tracks like Traffic Jam feel almost like a guilty pleasure, as the listener gets the feeling that they've wandered into a private studio session with the artiste and his fellow musicians.

Bonus single
Unlike its predecessor, Mind Control Acoustic has fewer tracks, keeping eight from the original album and adding a bonus single, The Mission, which features Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley.
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