Jr. Gong has returned, and here we go. It’s been over a decade since Damian Marley’s last solo record, Welcome to Jamrock (2005), was a worldwide hit. Marley’s put out some memorable music in the interim- namely, collaborations with Nas and Skrillex- but the full-length follow-up is finally here with Stony Hill. At a running length of 18 cuts clocking in at 75 minutes, essentially, this is a double-album, and a monster, at that.
After a short, spoken word intro, comes Here We Go, a pulsing opener that dovetails nicely into the single, Nail Pon Cross,invoking the Golden Rule among the many of its incisive and provocative comments about the actions of a judgmental mind.
R.O.A.R. follows in form; assertive, even aggressive before the cannabis valentine, Medication (feat. Stephen Marley), that deals a firm rebuke of cocaine as it slips in a nod to “What a Wonderful World.” This is but prelude to a string of songs that will soon sit among Marley’s finest, with each showcasing its own unique quality, yet making up a mini-set of soon-to-be classics.