Bob Marley and The Wailers
Kaya


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matthew Hopkins USER (45 Reviews)
July 19th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Excuse me while I light my spliff.

Bob Marley spent most of his life as a militant. He preached the way of the Rasta Man, love for all mankind and trying to get the descendants of Africa to rise up and give no quarter against the people that had abused them for the past two hundred years. But even militants have to spend some time resting. Ché Guvera spent several months touring on a motorcycle, Mao Zedong swam across the Yellow River, and Bob Marley released Kaya.

Kaya is dedicated to Marley's other love, that of the herb. Kaya is an easy album to listen to and an even easier album to absorb. Compared to the powerful messages pushed in earlier works such as Exodus, Kaya's songs are about more simpler things, such as smoking ganja in 'Easy Skanking' or love songs such as 'Is This Love?'. But what Marley puts his mind too, he pulls off with expert precision.

From its opening moments, it is clear that Kaya is in no rush to do anything. The album has this relaxed feel to it and the music sounds soft and calm. Bob's guitar work is mellow and works well with the keyboards provided by Tyrone Downie. The vocals also lock together well with the voice of Marley contrasting nicely with the singing of the I Threes. But very important to this album, as with all of Marley's work, is the rhythm section. Which is provided by Carlton and Aston Barrett.

The brothers provide an incredibly tight rhythm which had been developed over a lifetime of playing together. This backing section is paramount to the reggae sound, with the drums of Carlton Barrett being held as legend. His one drop technique is excellent and it formed the basis of reggae music worldwide. His brother Aston provides a warm and friendly bass section which works wonders with Bob's guitar work. Together the pair form an indestructible barrier and work together perfectly.

This album has a specific type of style and a peculiar mood. You can't enjoy Kaya if you are not in the proper mindset, Kaya has large comfortable hands which it wants to place on your shoulders and rub gently after a hard day at work. Kaya wants you to follow in the footsteps of Marley and light that spliff.

That might be the only thing wrong with Kaya, its relaxed mood isn't for everyone and the music tends to merge together as it rolls on. The last few tracks sound a little bit like the first ones so the album gets across as a little bit repetitive. The best tracks are located on the front half. With the pious love song 'Is This Love?,' which talks about sharing a single bed with the woman you love, because you don't need anything but them in your life, taking the prize for best song on the album.

As stated earlier, Kaya is light on lyrical content, there is nothing stressful here and compared to Bob's other albums, the music is rather 'soft' due to the lack of an overall serious message. But his vocals, along with that of the I Threes, work excellently with this kind of music. The album's tone is best stated in the song 'Satisfy my Soul' and goes like:

“Please don't you rock my boat,
'Cause I don't, want my boat, to be rockin'”

Kaya will leave you relaxed upon it's completion and it may even be hard to turn the album off, it is simply that easy to listen too. It might not be Bob's most brilliant album when compared to Exodus, and Kaya is only lightly covered on the best of album; Legend. But it provides an excellent insight into a man who was never angry and always seemed to have a smile on his face. Bob Marley wants you to light that spliff and enjoy yourself.

Author's Note: The writer of this review does not condone marijuna consumption in anyway, shape or form. Marijuna is an illegal drug and listening to Bob Marley is no excuse to consume it.



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Hoppoman
July 19th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wrote this because I was suffering a nasty case of writer's block. Also wrote this because it is a brilliant album and no one has reviewed it.

TrueBlood
July 19th 2013


1388 Comments


pos'd

pizzamachine
July 19th 2013


12571 Comments


pos'd cause of appropriate summary

TrueBlood
July 19th 2013


1388 Comments


It's really funny how most of sput gives reggae little attention.

bach
July 19th 2013


13067 Comments


yeah

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Rastapunk
July 20th 2013


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Peace man! Pos'd!

MeatSalad
July 20th 2013


14906 Comments


sometimes i forget that bob marley actually has albums outside of his greatest hits comp

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manosg
July 20th 2013


6541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck yeah! Major props for reviewing Bob Marley, he definitely needs more love on here. pos.

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porch
July 20th 2013


8460 Comments


bob marley, forever doomed to be overlooked by casual reggae listeners everywhere

Hoppoman
July 20th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I only got into him because of my girlfriend, she's a massive Marley fan.

MrSirLordGentleman
July 20th 2013


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, pos'd

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wacknizzle
July 20th 2013


13619 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, pos'd, this really needed one too.

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Cygnatti
July 20th 2013


21896 Comments


I only got into him because of my girlfriend, she's a massive Marley fan.
I'm curious, does she listen to any other reggae?


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Hoppoman
July 20th 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not an exceptional amount, she likes all the members of the Marley family, but he dad is a massive reggae fan so she grew up listening to a lot of it. Then it sort of rubbed off on me.

Rastapunk
July 21st 2013


764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Try out Black Root's first album. I would also recommend Groundation

Hoppoman
July 21st 2013


654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll have to check it out and spread my reggae roots a bit more.

TrueBlood
July 21st 2013


1388 Comments


yea


someguest
August 5th 2013


21264 Comments


I found this on vinyl a few weeks ago at a used shop.

Love finding Marley on record.

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someguest
August 5th 2013


21264 Comments


C'mon guys, I want to talk about Marley!

This is my favorite Marley.

manosg
August 5th 2013


6541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This one is excellent in a laid back manner. I think my favorite of his is Catch A Fire though.



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