Halfway Tree

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All Music Guide - Jon Azpiri
In Kingston, Jamaica, the neighborhood of Halfway Tree is seen as a meeting place, a junction between the rich and poor parts of town. Damian Marley, the youngest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, wants his music to do the same thing, to be a bridge between the rich and the poor, the new and the old. For the most part, he succeeds as his North American debut offers enough social consciousness to keep his father's fans happy while still dabbling in newer forms of dancehall and hip-hop. North Americans may be familiar with Marley's work from his cameo appearance on Eve's album Scorpion. On Halfway Tree, Eve returns the favor as she appears on "Where Is the Love?," one of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon Azpiri
In Kingston, Jamaica, the neighborhood of Halfway Tree is seen as a meeting place, a junction between the rich and poor parts of town. Damian Marley, the youngest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, wants his music to do the same thing, to be a bridge between the rich and the poor, the new and the old. For the most part, he succeeds as his North American debut offers enough social consciousness to keep his father's fans happy while still dabbling in newer forms of dancehall and hip-hop. North Americans may be familiar with Marley's work from his cameo appearance on Eve's album Scorpion. On Halfway Tree, Eve returns the favor as she appears on "Where Is the Love?," one of the funkiest tracks on the album. Another highlight is "Stand a Chance," which features some funky harmonica as well as the rhymes of Treach of Naughty By Nature as well as the sweet vocals of dancehall legend Yami Bolo. Tracks like "More Justice" and "Give Dem Some Way" feature the kind of social commentary you'd expect from a member of the Marley clan. The family influence is also felt throughout the album -- his brother Stephen Marley, produced much of the album and they even sample their father's classic "Could You Be Loved" on their track "And Be Loved." But Marley also strays away slightly from family tradition, dealing with love and sex in a raw, direct way on tracks like "Mi Blenda" and "Cool and Dandy." For the most part, Marley does an excellent balancing act. He handles his legacy and his future flawlessly and what's more surprising is that he makes it look easy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 044001474224
  • Catalog Number: 014742
  • Sales rank: 24,949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Educated Fools (5:17)
  2. 2 More Justice (3:34)
  3. 3 It Was Written - Drag-On (6:01)
  4. 4 Catch a Fire (4:51)
  5. 5 Still Searchin' (5:04)
  6. 6 She Needs My Love - Sabor a Cacao (4:16)
  7. 7 Mi Blenda (4:41)
  8. 8 Where Is the Love (5:07)
  9. 9 Harder (Interlude) (0:42)
  10. 10 Born to Be Wild (4:00)
  11. 11 Give Dem Some Way - Daddigan (4:01)
  12. 12 Half Way Tree (Interlude) (1:44)
  13. 13 Paradise Child (4:01)
  14. 14 Stuck in Between (3:43)
  15. 15 Half Way Tree (5:25)
  16. 16 Stand a Chance/And You Be Loved (9:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Yami Bolo Background Vocals
Capleton Track Performer
Noel Davey Organ
Alvaughn Jackson Background Vocals
Bunny Wailer Percussion
Stephen Marley Organ, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Christopher Meredith Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Treach Track Performer
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Guitar
Bounty Killer Track Performer
Julian Marley Background Vocals
Rohan "Ruggu" Marley Guitar
Drag-On Track Performer
Rovleta Fraser Background Vocals
Sabor a Cacao Track Performer
Daddigan Track Performer
Technical Credits
David Cole Producer, drum programming
Sly Dunbar drum programming
Stephen Marley Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Chris Carrol Engineer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley Producer, drum programming
Commissioner Gordon Engineer
Chris Athens Mastering
Roland McDermott Engineer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Kid Nyce Producer, drum programming
Cortez Farris Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant!

    I love the whole CD from start to finish. Classic Damian Marley.

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    Posted October 21, 2009

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