Album Review

Undercover Presents a Tribute to Bob Marley’s Exodus [coll] – [Undercover Presents]

Thurston Hunger   5/6/2015   CD, Reggae

Leading up to a three-day celebration of Exodus this
upcoming (4/3/2015) weekend, the Undercover collective
targets Mr. Marley’s “Exodus” as their latest album to
explore. Super heartfelt, and mighty polished in parts,
the horns never disappoint, so Fogdub and Brass Band Mission
send out strong smoke signals. T Sisters acapella goes
hootenany on “Three Little Birds.” Some songs get really
altered which is always the challenge for a cover, “Turn
Your Lights Down Low” starts with a water music string
quartet and sultry Silke siren before Boots from the Coup
drops in for some bars, violin blitz hits too. Sean Hayes
tiptoes while “Waiting in Vain” with a soft spider guitar
line. Color me impressed by Empress Unification (this
cover of “Exodus” was the track Spliff dropped that caught
my ear). The album was curated if not birthed by Dr. Rupa
Mayra who takes a shaman’s hand and gently crafts out their
cover of “Heathen.” Broun Fellini’s jazz triphop take on
“Natural Mystic” drifts pretty high with Femi Andrades
soaring voice. Black Nature from the Sierra Leone Refugee
All Stars, gets down to “Jamming” some nice hiccup drums.
-Thurston Hunger

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