Michael Endelman
March 16, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mind Control

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Stephen Marley
Producers
Tuff Gong
genre
Reggae/Ska

We gave it a B+

After more than two decades behind the scenes, the reggae scion steps out with Mind Control, an assured balance of new-school beats and old-school island flourishes. Stephen Marley’s raspy wail is an eerie ringer for his dad’s, especially when he’s railing against ”the destruction of your soul” on the Babylon-cursing title cut. The disc’s traditionalist roots reggae feels wholly authentic, if a bit too familiar. But patois-dusted hip-hop tracks like the beatbox-driven single ”The Traffic Jam” make this the best Marley album in a generation.

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