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The Specials

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The latter seems more to the point, as the set opens with stylistic curveballs. The Specials seem Good album. Those who the record by Noon today will get access to pre-sale tickets for the shows. Everything on is amiable but not especially defined: they play with the ease of a group who has made their living on the road, but they lack urgency, even when they're singing about hot-button issues. The Life And Times Of A Man Called Depression 10. The much-loved ensemble return with Encore, their first album since reforming in 2008 and the first to feature frontman Terry Hall in 39 years.

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Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

the specials encore

But with signpost singers Terry Hall and Lynval Golding in place, and Horace Panter holding down the bass lines, the classic sound is fairly intact, as is the spirit. The group reformed in 1993, and have continued to perform and record with varying line-ups, but without Dammers. Afterwards, founder and songwriter Jerry Dammers dissolved the band and pursued political activism. His replacement is Danish keyboard player Nikolaj Torp Larsen. This is the lineup who recorded , a new studio album that arrives roughly ten years after the initial reunion, 18 years after , which was the last album released by the Specials, and a whopping 39 years after , which was the last time made an album with the band. . Indeed, their 1981 hit The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum is reprised here as the Specials anthem it perhaps should have been.

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The Specials: Encore Review

the specials encore

The Specials seem just as relevant today as their heyday given that this is their first new material for 38 years. Recording Engineer: Sophie Ellis Outside Interest: Marcos Ferrari Studio Personnel, Mixer: Cenzo Townshend Studio Personnel, Assistant Mixer: Rob Sellens Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Frank Arkwright Composer Lyricist: Neville Eugenton Staples Composer Lyricist: Lynval Golding Composer Lyricist: Terry Hall Auto-generated by YouTube. Their current single, Vote for Me, articulates cynical distrust for politicians in the era of and. Cometh the hour, cometh the band. An interesting figure, Hall has always embodied a quality of depressive cool, every note in his voice embracing the bleakness of life with almost casual bitterness. But the group fractured at the height of their fame, in 1981, after only two albums.

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The Specials: Encore review: Terry Hall tackles the state of the nation

the specials encore

Despite this lack of fire, is a definite step up from the covers albums the Specials made surrounding Y2K: they feel like a band with a purpose, even if they're not making an especially big deal about it. Founding members Lynval Golding and Horace Panter are also involved, with drummer Kenrick Rowe and Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Cradock. Now they are back, older and perhaps wiser, but still, it seems, deeply unhappy with the state of the nation. Encore Artwork: Encore Tracklist: 01. Originally known as The Coventry Automatics, The Specials formed in Coventry in 1977. Are The Specials still special? What makes this new incarnation harder to embrace is that former band leader and songwriting genius Jerry Dammers was ousted from the 2008 reunion because he wanted to record new material.

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The Specials: Encore Review

the specials encore

Over a springy reggae rhythm, Hall offers a sharply observed spoken word piece about the gap between interior and exterior selves on the unambiguously titled The Life And Times Of A Man Called Depression. The cover is the best sort of revival: old meeting new on equal footing, using the past as a springboard to an improved, remixed future. Tickets for the dates are on sale from 9am on Friday, 2 November. But if the energy level has dropped, at least the anger still burns. Their commentary on inner-city tensions, Ghost Town, spent three weeks at number one during a summer scarred by riots. Founding members Lynval Golding and Horace Panter are also back, with drummer Kenrick Rowe and Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Cradock rounding out the lineup.

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The Specials announce first album of original material in 20 years, Encore

the specials encore

A few standout tracks after a couple of listens, particularly the Saffiyah Kahn guesting 'Ten Commandments'. Hall, Golding, and Panter produced the 10-track effort alongside touring keyboardist Nikolaj Torp Larsen. A few standout tracks after a couple of listens, particularly the Saffiyah Kahn guesting 'Ten Commandments'. To paraphrase their own song, they may have done too much, much too young. The Specials emerged from Coventry in the late Seventies with a multicultural rocket blast of reggae rhythm and punk attitude, stamped with a striking black and white 2-Tone image. Hall, Golding, and Panter produced the new 10-track album alongside touring keyboardist Nikolaj Torp Larsen. British 2 Tone icons have announced their first album of new music in 20 years.

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The Specials

the specials encore

For a moment, it sounds as if no time has passed at all. There have been five other albums by splinter groups calling themselves The Specials. Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys 02. Find the Encore tracklist and artwork below. . .

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