Album review
Many More Roads
Ky-mani Marley
Artists Only! Records
17 - 06 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Who We Are
  2. Many More Roads
  3. Heart Of A Lion
  4. Yesterday
  5. Freedom
  6. Love In The Morning
  7. Ska-Ba-Dar
  8. Valley Of Decision
  9. Giving I A Fight
  10. In A De Dance
  11. Warning
  12. Hailie I
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Ky-mani Marley's vocal style uncannily resembles his father's style. Besides that Ky-mani utilizes a writing style similar to his father's and he surely possesses a gift for writing lyrics that touch the heart and stir the soul. It's obvious that Ky-mani is musically inspired by his father, but also Luciano, Buju Banton, Everton Blender, Boys II Men, R. Kelly, The Fugees and LL Cool J can be reckoned to the artists who provided him musical inspiration. Ky-mani definitely established his recording career with the 1997 released debut album "Like Father Like Son" which features 11 cover versions of his father's hits - amongst them "War", No Woman, No Cry", Small Axe" and "Nice Time" - complete with its respective dub versions. However, Ky-mani's debut album has a surprising story as Rhino, the UK-based record label that issued the album, is alleged to have stolen the material, demo tracks that had been prepared in three days. In 1998 his stirring song "Dear Dad" - a seriously heavy open letter to the "King of Reggae" from a loving and respectful son - got such a tremendous response that it became his first #1 hit single. In 1999 Ky-mani's name appeared on the label of the Stone Love produced single "Party In Session", a combination tune featuring some of Jamaica's in demand stars Beenie Man, Buju Banton and Mr. Vegas. His second, much anticipated album release, entitled "The Journey" was released in late 1999. The album explored all types of sounds : Reggae, Hip-hop, R&B, Country and Pop, which resulted in some harsh criticism from the reggae massive.
Ky-mani's latest album "Many More Roads" will surprise the reggae public all over the world. It picks up where the 'Dear Dad' single left off and is a heartfelt collection of songs produced by Jah Mike & Specialist. The overall feeling is reggae and dancehall, gone are the superfluous influences taken from the pop landscape. He uses the songs to express and expose his feelings about his life, love, rastafari, zion and freedom. The musical backing is rootsy, tight and swinging. It's almost impossible to point out weak tracks, because every tune found here has nuff quality to please every reggae fan. After spinning the album several times it's not hard to sum up our favorite tunes : the appealing title song Many More Roads, the hope-bringing song Freedom, the sultry lovers tune (!) Love In The Morning, the pulsating dancehall track In A De Dance and finally Hailie I, which strongly reminds me of Bob's 'So Much Trouble In The World'.
With "Many More Roads" Ky-mani Marley has delivered a mature and well balanced reggae album!

Teacher & Mr. T.