Stephen Marley
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Stephen Marley

Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Stephen Marley - Mind Control album review"

Stephen Marley may not be the best known of Bob’s children (that would be either first born Ziggy or rising star ‘Junior Gong’ Damian) but his musical CV is surely one of the most impressive.
Followers of Capleton will remember his blissful, eerily detached guest vocal on ''Sunshine Girl'' from 2004’s Reign Of Fire, but he has also sung with the Melody Makers, the Fugees and Erykah Badu; produced half-brother Damian’s three solo albums including 2005 smash Welcome To Jamrock; and is a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist in his own right. Now, after years spent upstage and behind the mixing desk, this five time Grammy winner has stepped into the foreground with solo debut Mind Control.
Such a well-rounded musical pedigree and obvious cross-over potential were unlikely to result in a straight-up reggae album, and of the eleven tracks only ''Lonely Avenue'' and the clearly Bob-inspired ''Chase Dem'' tread this well worn path. Instead, Mind Control is a slick blend of hip-hop and dancehall (first single ''The Traffic Jam'' on the ‘Answer’ rhythm) funk (the title track) nyahbinghi (''Inna De Red'') and even a touch of reggaeton (the vocoded ''Let Her Dance''). The production has all the polish you’d expect from such an experienced studio man, and every tune has a solid pop hook.
For some the similarity to Bob’s voice will be a turn-off, especially on the more political songs where Stephen can’t resist using a few of his father’s ‘Scratch’ Perry inspired vocal tics. Yet when stripped of affectation, Stephen’s singing has a cool precision that is all his own, and the less derivative tracks are a worthy addition to the burgeoning genre of Jamaican hip hop, which harks back to the more organic mid 90s sounds of its American antecedent. Upbeat but reflective, Mind Control is a competent first release; the work of an artist with one foot in the past but his eyes on the future. - Augus Taylar

"Mind Control Album review"

A minor release but one fans will embrace, Mind Control Acoustic finds Stephen Marley re-recording some of his favorite songs from his 2007 effort Mind Control and offering a mellower, more intimate, and entirely more organic alternative to the originals. New highlights emerge as the heartbroken "You're Gonna Leave" goes from second line to centerpiece, while the previously grooving "Fed Up" becomes less of a showcase for the band and puts the focus back on the poignant songwriting. "The Traffic Jam," a Biz Markie-like track that previously seemed only possible in the studio, turns out to be an amazing and fun acoustic number here, and if you want chills, the Marley bloodline and the spirit of father Bob are palpable on the mournful revolution "Chase Dem." On his own albums and on recordings with his brother Damien, Stephen has proven himself to be a dazzling studio wiz. Mind Control Acoustic shows that rock-solid writing and affecting performances are the heart and soul of those recordings, and the main reason reggae fans consider him the new keystone of the Marley clan. [Mind Control Acoustic was re-released in 2009 with the non-acoustic bonus track "Someone to Love."] - David Jefferies


Still working on that hot first release.



Like father like son, the late great reggae super star Bob Marley not only blessed the world with beautiful harmonies but also with a child who continues to carry the family musical talents himself Stephen Marley.  Stephen Marley began his musical career  in the mid 90's producing and engineering for artist such as Eve, Lazie Bone, The Fugess and his brother Damain Marley.  Stephen has also executive produced Grammy Award winning album Halfway Trees by Damain Marley. Stephen Marley's milestone continues to evolve project by project after recently releasing his Grammy Award Winning Album Mind Control Acoustic for best reggae album of 2010. Stephen Marley's creativity of style of music can range anywhere from Classic Reggae, Contemporary Reggae,R&B, Regge-pop and hip hop.