Stephen Marley – Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life
By Andy Upton
Having never listened to a Stephen Marley album I was a bit apprehensive about what it would sound like. I’ve heard his music in the past and recognize his reggae style but this was to be something totally different. In this follow up to his Grammy winning 2012 album Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, Marley collaborates with many of today’s hip hop stars and the result is quite interesting & entertaining. What is contained in the second installment, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, is a welcomed respite from the everyday mundane radio music.
Kicking it off with “Babylon” featuring Jr. Reid & Dead Prez, Marley interjects his wonderful voice in harmony with the rap style of the guest appearances. This is a trend that would follow throughout the album, a crazy mix of reggae & hip hop that meshes together well. There is a fine mix of fast & slow, thoughtful & crazy and relaxing & upbeat sounds throughout its twenty-one tracks (plus three bonus remixes). Other standout tracks are “The Lion Roars” featuring Rick Ross & Kymani Marley, “Father of The Man” featuring Wyclef Jean and “When She Dances” featuring Pitbull. The musicianship contained in this effort is above perfect and it takes a few listens to hear every little detail that has been painstakingly played. In a nod to today’s political/social strife that is happening all around us – check out the words in “Prelude” and “Outro” rather closely.
This album is full of gems that will excite, relax and help you through the day. It would be a great album to put on when you have house work to do, when you have a beach-themed backyard party or when you have a free day to just lay around and do nothing. Stephen Marley has found the right mix of sounds and guest vocalists that make every song different in its own way. If you are a fan of either genre, reggae or hip hop, do yourself a favor and check out Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life when it drops on July 22, 2016.