Published Apr 14, 2014The eldest of the Marley siblings, Ziggy has had a career that stretches over three decades. Arguably the Marley whose voice is the closest facsimile to his dad's, Ziggy can always be counted on to craft conscious one drop reggae with memorable melodies and the right amount of laidback bass. This is on show here, but there's more.
With Fly Rasta, Marley presents wide-ranging knowledge of roots and culture, as well as some funk, soul, rock and pop know-how. A conscious lyrical focus on the environment (lead-off pop-rock single "I Don't Want to Live on Mars" is a cautionary tune about global warming) is paired with strong and memorable melodies that fit a spring release. Standout tracks include the bright "Sunshine" and the soulful vibes of "You." Throughout the record, Marley demonstrates that reggae can grow and adapt without losing sight of its roots. (Tuff Gong)