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Paying respect to Bob Marley is often a tricky proposition. Get past the multiplatinum sales of Legend (and the service of that best-of at every party you’ve been to in the past five years), and you still have to contend with family members and “the Wailers Band” cashing in on the club circuit, as well as lifestyle-music tribute albums like the Courtney Pine-helmed One Love. On the other hand, this Bill Laswell offering—subtitled Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub—promotes something more than feel-good head-nodding. The rare moments of peace on Marley albums were often hard-won, and after Laswell strips away lead vocals and key instrumental parts with true mixing-board grace, both sides of that equation are still left standing. Even with Marley’s voice mostly missing—you’ll hear him on “Exodus,” “Burnin’ and Lootin’,” “Midnight Ravers,” and not much else—and much of the rest left floating, the Wailers and the I-Threes aren’t about to be reduced to mere spaciness. Indeed, despite its generic title, Dreams of Freedom comes as close to the purely eerie as any Marley set since the early Island days. This is another version of “the Trenchtown experience,” to be sure, but one that can speak to more than just club kids and triphop fans. One, in fact, that the man himself would surely have to toast.—Rickey Wright