"Fabula Mendax" is at once accessible and arcane, upbeat and dark, lush and spare, and with lyrics that as ever remain tantalisingly opaque.
Ziggy Marley Wild And Free
V2 Benelux CD VVNL25052 8717931325059 6 Sep 19
Ziggy Marley returned to more adult-oriented fare with his fourth solo album Wild and Free, a pro-cannabis album that's suitably laid-back, militant, and organic. Helping with the organic is producer Don Was, who surrounds Ziggy with warm tones and good vibes and nothing feeling showy or cold. This enhances the freely developing numbers like "Roads Less Traveled" (a slowly chugging track that sounds inspired by Dad's classic Wailers' cut "Exodus") and "A Sign" (one of those light, bright songs that reminds you Ziggy's Melody Makers often shared the same new hippie spirit as hip-hop's Arrested Development). Freedom and marijuana fuel the album as pro-pot advocate Woody Harrelson offers narration on the excellent title track, while "Changes" lead to a "Personal Revolution" and on to enlightenment.