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Many More Roads [Ky-Mani Marley] [781976061720]

  • 1. Who We Are
    2. Many More Roads
    3. Heart of a Lion
    4. Yesterday
    5. Freedom
    6. Love in the Morning
    7. Ska Ba Dar
    8. Valley of Decision
    9. Giving I a Fight
    10. In a De Dance
    11. Warning
    12. Haile I
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SMTRCD 0617

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Ky-Mani Marley (vocals); George Miller, Kent "Beeperman" Brian (various instruments); Phillip Henry (guitar); Jerry Johnson (saxophone); Kevin Bachelor (trumpet); Bunny Brissett, Ken Miller, Denise Davidson, Trevor Adams, Marcia Griffiths, Nadine Sutherland (background vocals).
    Producers include: Michael Coburn, The Hit Squad, Derrick Barnett, Christopher Garvey, Lincoln Ward.
    Engineers include: Steven Robillard, Kevin Thompson, Adam Hornyak.
    MANY MORE ROADS was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
    Recording information: Backstage Recording, Miami, FL; H.C. & F. Recording Studio, Freeport, NY; New Rivers; Platinum Recording Group, Carlstadt, NJ; Studio Center New River; Studio Center, Miami, FL; Studio Centre, Miami, FL.
    Photographers: Kevin Knight; Mitzy Evans.
    While several of reggae legend Bob Marley's children have touched on his classic, roots-soaked sound in their own musical endeavors, perhaps none has ever waded as deeply into those waters as his youngest son, Ky-Mani. And on Many More Roads, the 21-year-old singer offers a sometimes stunning approximation of his late, great father, turning in a sophomore album that's the most impressive effort by any Marley in ages. The comparison between the youngster and his dad is easiest made on the leadoff track, "Who Are We", where that familiar-sounding voice is surrounded by chirping female backing vocals that recall Bob's longtime backing trio, the I-Threes (that's no accident, as former I-Three Marcia Griffiths is one of the participants). However, the elder Marley's spirit is evident throughout the disc, from tender, lighthearted fare like "Love In De Morning" to the conscious messages of "Valley Of Decision" and "Hailie I." While Ky-Mani shows he's his own man too, by occasionally utilizing dancehall's electronic grooves, this is nothing like the slick, hip-hop flavored stuff he or any of his siblings have tried in the past. In fact, one of the most impressive tricks of Many More Roads is to use such contemporary sounds without ever falling prey to trendiness -- they're simply in service to the handsome melodies and timeless sentiments. Many critics have decided that Bob Marley's offspring, for all their evident talent, will never come close to scaling his artistic heights -- but this album suggests that no one should carve that judgment in stone just yet. ~ Dan LeRoy

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (6/11/01, p.25) - "...There is a potent undertow of backlashing 'riddims' where the bass work is especially tasty, the female back-up choir is tenderly responsive, and the trap player and percussionist are on their game."
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