Monday, February 19, 2007

Mojo Review of Exodus

A close confidante of the Wailers, Goldman was the pioneering music journalist who explored the Kingston ghettos, interacting with musicians and the politically aligned street gangs who attempted to assassinate Marley in '76, thus causing the album Exodus' initial spark. The album's backdrop is fraught with political intrigue and personal crises as Marley queries issues of race and self determination in a post-colonial Jamaica then just impacting on overseas consciousness. Goldman's tale is finely wrought, her pace nearly perfect, as she leaves space for the inclusion of illuminating quotes while also relaying insightful contextual comments on the album's peculiar symbolism. DK