Dimitri Ehrlich
July 25, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fallen Is Babylon

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Elektra
genre
Reggae/Ska

We gave it a B+

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers’ pop-reggae instincts in Fallen Is Babylon are offset by a hip-hop assist from Fugees’ Wyclef Jean on ”Everyone Wants to Be” and the singing of brother Stephen Marley, whose raw, reedy vocals on ”Postman” smolder like an untended spliff. There’s also a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ”People Get Ready,” on which all four siblings revel in reggae’s rootsier past. At last, a Melody Makers album that’d make Father proud. B+

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