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Awake
     

Awake

by Julian Marley
 
With its wistful chorus, the title track to Julian Marley's Awake invents a new sort of reggae-emo sound. Influenced by the passing of his grandmother, Cedella Marley Booker, the song is a beautiful plea for the youth to open their eyes and let peace, love, and harmony into their heart, but this melodic mix of emo-pop and island music is an anomaly, opening up

Overview

With its wistful chorus, the title track to Julian Marley's Awake invents a new sort of reggae-emo sound. Influenced by the passing of his grandmother, Cedella Marley Booker, the song is a beautiful plea for the youth to open their eyes and let peace, love, and harmony into their heart, but this melodic mix of emo-pop and island music is an anomaly, opening up an otherwise unsurprising Julian Marley album. Less adventurous and more traditional than his stepbrothers Damien and Stephen, Julian is the sibling to satisfy the more roots-oriented fan, although he does carry a healthy R&B influence like so many other contemporary reggae artists. The silky "Oh Girl" would sound just right on any urban radio "pillow talk" program, while the spiritual highlight "Just in Time" falls somewhere between Barrington Levy and Wyclef. The remaining big numbers are straight-up Jamaican with "Violence in the Streets" sounding like a worthy follow-up to brother/guest star Damien's "Welcome to Jamrock," while the smoker's song, "Boom Draw," offers "A little bit of draw was on Solomon's throne" as the already deep drum and bass get soaked in reverb. Well-rounded and yet firmly in the genre of reggae, Awake is a comfortable, familiar success with Julian anchoring the Marley Family legacy once again.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2009
Label:
Tuff Gong / Umgd
UPC:
0602527022437
catalogNumber:
001282402
Rank:
70140

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Performance Credits

Julian Marley   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Various
Aston Barrett   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Jason Bryant   Guitar
Noel Davey   Keyboards
Paul Fakhourie   Keyboards
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Marcia Griffiths   Background Vocals
Bongo Herman   Percussion
Stephen Marley   Percussion,Keyboards
Dwight Richards   Trumpet
Craig "Niteman" Taylor   Percussion,Drums
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Colin Michaels   Overdubs
Stephen "Asher" Noel   Guitar
Marc Lee   Overdubs
Llamar "Riff Raff" Brown   Keyboards
Tamika Moncrieffe   Background Vocals
Roland Lyefook   Keyboards
Paul Southwood Smith   Trombone
Luke Andrews   Guitar,Keyboards
Kendale Johnson   Percussion
Injemar Prendergast   Vocals
Gennelle Felix   Background Vocals
Everton Pesoa   Trombone
Conrad Scarlett   Keyboards
Chris O'Farrel   Trumpet
Austin Vernon   Tenor Saxophone
Owen Reid   Guitar
Harry T   Percussion

Technical Credits

King Tubby   Audio Production
Aston Barrett   Audio Production
Noel Davey   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Fakhourie   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Marcia Griffiths   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Lloyd James   Composer
Stephen Marley   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Greg Morris   Horn Overdubs
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Composer,drum programming,Audio Production
Julian Marley   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Roland McDermott   Engineer
James "Bonzai" Caruso   Engineer
Marc Lee   Engineer
Clifford Peart   Composer
Roland Lyefook   drum programming,Audio Production
Luke Andrews   drum programming,Audio Production
Lanville Queeley   Composer
Desmond Smith   Composer
Clifford Peart   Composer
Owen Reid   drum programming,Audio Production
Terrence Kelly   Composer

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