In the past I have been pretty unenthused by Reggae, Dub and Ska (with the exception of the awesome Reggae night Dave and I snuck into once upon a time). So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Exodus by Bob Marley and The Wailers.
With blissfully laid back rhythms the album quickly establishes its relaxed atmosphere. The perpetual Reggae beat is accompanied by great motifs and riffs that provide interesting layer of detail to the record. With such a relaxed beat it is easy to miss the more serious content of the lyrics. Maintaining his cool calm throughout, Marley spends the first few songs addressing societal injustice, displaying a discontent that is at odds with the musical mood of the album.
The title track of the album abandons the laid back groove of the early songs in favour of a more driven sound, which I am not so keen on. It is also far too long, and more than a little repetitive. However, this disappointing interlude leads into a far more pleasing second half of the album. The latter part of this record concerns itself with lighter subject matter, and although the love songs are less compelling than the album’s other material, it is still enjoyable. The reassuring Three Little Birds deserves an honourable mention, for reminding us all to just chill out!