Damian Marley Welcome to Jamrock (Tuff Gong) In his third album, Damian Marley - the youngest of the late Bob Marley's 12 children - is joined by a few collaborators: his brother Stephen, and vocalists from non-reggae genres. Marley's writing veers towards DJ style reggae, with spoken vocals that bear resemblance (and were a precursor) to rap. The infectious title track contains all kinds of vocal and instrumental layering, into which is woven the identifiable sound of Ini Kamoze's voice, as a repeated sample. Most soulful of the 14 tracks is Beautiful, which features some slick vocals from co-writer Bobby Brown and a horn section that meanders in and out of the song. Although the trading on dad's name seems a little suspect in Pimpa's Paradise (featuring The Root's Black Thought), a few listens prove it to be a worthy contemporary adaptation of the Bob Marley 1970s hit, with lyric changes that reflect a seamy aspect of today's Jamaica. Dad's vocals are in the mix in Move!, which includes segments of Exodus, and features his sons in an urban tribal number with the flavour of a live sound system. The electronic voice-box effect and funky drums in For the Babies will make this a club-crossover track. Sublime vocal harmonies, in which Marley veers towards the vocal style of Dennis Brown (with silky-larynxed backing singers Roselyn Williams and Rovleta Fraser, in There for You) are in marked contrast to much of this album's harder-edged ragga-style lyrics. But don't be put off: Marley and his guest vocalists' spoken deliveries never become relentless rants. However, it's these less creative tracks - perhaps necessary for sales to the streetwise listener - that tar what would otherwise be a top album.