I’ve been listening to the new Damian Marley Welcome to Jamrock, overcoming my initial reluctance to indulge what might be another Sean Lennon. Not every track on there is perfect- working his father’s “Exodus” into “Move!” doesn’t do much for me, and who can like anything that combines saxophone and Bobby Brown?- but this is a really solid album. It sounds fresh and new and kills loud.
Damian Marley – “Khaki Suit” (MP3 link removed)
And, in case no one ever dances in the bars you go to, you might not have heard this one:
Damian Marley – “All Night” (MP3 link removed)
Contrast with Sinead O’Connor’s new reggae album, Throw Down Your Arms. It sounds fine: as Jed pointed out to me, she has a beautiful voice, so it’s hard for it to suck. It doesn’t. I guess I just can’t get past the feeling that you’ll get it for free if you spend $100 at 10,000 Villages. After a couple listens, it’s just not going anywhere.
Update: Raina is going to kill me if I don’t point out that I used her copy of Jamrock and she liked it first.