Dragonfly - Ziggy Marley

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When you're a reggae artist packing around the incredible weight of the Marley surname, I can't imagine you leave much to chance. Especially when, after selling millions of albums and winning three Grammy Awards with the Melody Makers, you decide to strike out on your own. Zigs has indeed put his best foot forward as the album cover would suggest. Teaming with REM and Incubus producer extraordinaire, Scott Litt and with a little help from Flea and John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chilis and polyester's best friend, slide god, David Lindley, 'Dragonfly' is a songwriter's masterwork and a reggae charm. Never brow-beating listeners with heavy-handed religious allegory, the album uses concise metaphor to shed a light of hope on serious geopolitical issues like "Shalom Salaam", a simple cry for peace between Israel and Palestine. Conscious songsmiths take note. This is how it's done.