1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

619. Exodus – Bob Marley

Original album is tracks 1-10

Brief Background: Exodus is the ninth studio album by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It was recorded in London during the beginning of 1977 after an assassination attempt in Jamacia forced Marley to leave the country. The album was released in June of 1977. The first side of the album is about religious politics and the second half is about sex and faith.

What I think: There was a studio album between this one and Natty Dread, but this album really starts off where that one left off… with that same tempo and same song throughout the whole first half. It’s just sort of maddening to me.

Fortunately, for this album, that changes on the second side. These songs have a lot more variety in tempo and instrumentation, bringing a real Soul element to many of the songs. It should not surprise you that some of Marley’s biggest hits came from shaking things up a bit. Standouts here are “Turn Your Lights Down Low” and (my favorite Marley song) “Three Little Birds”

So, the songs on the first side have a deeper and more emotional element to them, but if he would have just varied things a little. They don’t need to be the ultra-hooky songs on the second side only mixed up some.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I don’t know if I should allow it for just being half good, but I’ll let it pass. Yes it should be on the list.

Rating (Out of 5) 2.5

Amazon Rating of Exodus: 4.6/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (298/383)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%


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