Kaya (Digitally Remastered) - Bob Marley
1 CD(s) - Roots Reggae - Label: Island, Tuff Gong - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 30/07/2001 - 731454889926
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Review of "Kaya (Digitally Remastered) - Bob Marley"
As if there hasn't been enough said about the genius of Bob Marley, here's yet aonther white middle-class man talking about Jamaica's greatest musical export. As I've said before (see review of Natty Dread) if you don't own at least one Bob record (preferably not the Builder) there is something seriously awry with you. Kaya, unlike Natty Dread, is one of Marley's love albums. It's absolutley chockers with beautiful melodies and lilting lyrics to go on along. Be prepared to love everyone and everything (except brussel sprouts possibly) after hearing this'un.Start as you mean to go on, my old mum used to say (actually she still does - tirelessly). And so Bob starts off with the smooth, weed-smokers' classic Easy Skanking. Although skanking is generally a term reserved for dancing to reggae, his allusions to marijuana are veiled in Honeymoon negligee. A beautiful track, that doesn't require copious amounts of cannabis to appreciate (though it couldn't hurt any).
Kaya is a chirpy, happy little song - again about that infamous old weed. Some might be confused as to whether this is a love album or a love-of-weed album after listening to the first two tracks but then he effortlessly shifts into...Is This Love: Wow - I'm a heterosexual male - but if a man wrote this song for me, I'd be seriously tempted. The imagery of an harmonic, relaxed lifestyle enjoyed by two people so in love that nothing else in the world matters is ingeniusly reflected in the music - reminiscent of swaying palm fronds, hot days at the beach, and plenty of stoned lurve-making (long and slow for those who haven't tried it). This is definitely one of my favourite Bob Marley tracks of all time. Very simple, yet powerfully suggestive.
Sun Is Shining - okay - we've all heard the Funkmaster Deluxe version more times than we'd care to remember - but the original is breathtaking. Unlike the recent dance remix, the melody on the original lies in stark contrast to the lyrics. The breezy, happy lyircs are accompanied by a dark and broody chord progression, that makes you wonder whether there is a touch of sarcasm in this song. While that's a debatable point, the unique complexion of this track makes it stand out as a classic amongst any musical genre.Satisfy My Soul, while not classic Marley, still has one of those irresistably catchy choruses you'll be singing to yourself halfway down the road, much to the amusement of passersby. With its bouncy rhythm and flowing melody, it's hard to think that Bob Marley was anything but a really nice chap you'd be honoured to buy a pint for. Still, someone's probably said that about Marilyn Manson too, at some point.
She's Gone tries very hard to be a tragic love song. But, it would seem that Senor Marley was just in too good a mood for that sort of thing when he wrote it. There's definitely a nameless optimism in the music here - she may be gone - but there will be another. Smooth, classy track, if a little unfitting of the title.Misty Morning's imagery is so poignant that I refuse to debase it by description. Surely only Bob Marley could make an organ, two horns, a drum and some vocals sound like a misty morning. Well, maybe Beethoven too, if he had been any good at a Jamaican accent.
Crisis sees Bob suddenly remembering "Damn - I forgot to put a bit of politcal ideology on here!" Even though this might have been more suited to Confrontation or Survival, it is still a great track. Can't blame a guy for putting it on the wrong album - he made so many, must be hard to keep count.Running Away does actually sound quite sad. But it's only the kind of sad that you feel when you see someone else do something stupid. A very pensive song which makes a nice break from the love and the politics.
Time Will Tell shows Bob's prowess on his less famous instrument - the acoustic guitar. Bob usually wrote his songs on the guitar and transposed them to organ afterwards. He deftly plays around the rhythm, not with the genius of an Eric Clapton, but with the simple feel of a natural musician. More of a folk song than a reggae classic - but there's none so queer as folk songs I always say (usually followed by people hitting me lots).Anyway, if you're looking for a polictical manifesto, go elsewhere. If you're after deep, weird reggae to smoke to, try again. But if you want a beautiful piece of crafstmanship, full of love and positive emotion, you've got it made with this album.
Product Information : Kaya (Digitally Remastered) - Bob Marley
Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - Roots Reggae - Label: Island, Tuff Gong - Distributor: Universal Music - Released: 30/07/2001 - 731454889926
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