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More Specials

The Specials

1980

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Feels like some elevator music, but an elevator in a weird fever dream that never really ends, but there is a fun dude dancing in the elevator with you so it’s okay.

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The specials were my first album I got when we starting this adventure before we made the group. And let me tell you I did not need more specials

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This album really surprised me. It's different from anything I usually listen to and very different from anything else I've heard from this list but it goes hard. A lot of it has a 50s or 60s vibe but you can tell that it's from the 80s which is very cool to hear in the 2020s. I also like how it goes from being very upbeat and happy to rather dark and morbid by the end of the album. Enjoy Yourself is rather upbeat for the dark theme and it's fantastic. Then Man at C&A has warnings of a nuclear attack but is still energetic. I love the saxophone on Hey, Little Rich Girl because of course I do. Do Nothing features a strange piano part that gives an otherwise upbeat song a minor sound and a TROMBONE SOLO! Pearl's Cafe continues the trend of depressing lyrics with a cheery musical background, this time complete with a cheesy glockenspiel. It almost feels like carnival music (a carnival with people singing "it's all a load of bollocks"). But I would say that Stereotype is when the album really loses its cheerful disguise. I Can't Stand It continues this and International Jet Set ends with a plane crash leading into a much darker version of Enjoy Yourself to close off the album. Favorite songs: Enjoy Yourself; Hey, Little Rich Girl; Pearl's Cafe; Sock It to 'Em, J.B.; I Can't Stand It Least favorite songs: None Strong 8/10

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Impossible not to get moving to the Specials.

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5

Brutal.

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Meh. Maybe the extended version left a bunch of stuff that didn’t need to be there. Kinda lame. I thought I liked the specials though

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звучит хорошо, но немного нудно

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Not 1 star bad but it's maybe a 1.5 for me so will lean on the generous side. Didn't click much at all.

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The styles on this album are a mish-mash of bleh. A lot of it has a ska feel, which has never been my favorite, and the rest was unappealing enough to make me almost turn it off. I finished it, and I like it slightly better than the Elvis album, but not enough to give it a 2-star rating.

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Not my style... but listening nonetheless Suffering through this Don't like Not my style "I can't stand it" is nearly unlistenable. The female harmony is f*cking awful.

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Awful, serious ordeal to listen to the whole album.

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This is one of the worst bands I've ever heard. fuuuuuck it just sucks. This is the second album of theirs on this list so far, and neither of them is even worth wiping your arse with, let alone pretending it's "must hear before you die" material. 0/5.

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Didn't enjoy. The music superficial; out of step with the lyrics (social change)

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"guys you are pretty normal, you might wanna change your band name"

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Never listened to this is full. Pretty solid all round album with some real classics in the mix

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10/10

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Super fun ska.

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Enjoyed

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This was a favourite of my teenage years, as were all Specials albums. And I still love them

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5

Why has it taken me over 40 years to hear this gem? About half of the 21st century's music is influenced by this album. It's of its time, yet harkens strongly to the future. I thought Ghost Town was an outlier, but you can hear them building up to it. It's taken me nearly 50 years to realise what I need in an album - variety, but with an overarching connection. So many albums become boring, I'm thinking of famous ones like Exile On Main Street, and almost every electronic album. Then we have some that vary too much - psychedelic music springs to mind. This is why classic bands like Queen, Beatles, Led Zep, were able to release so many great albums: they instantly sound recognisable, but provide a dish of varied ingredients. Dammers nearly went too far - International Jet Set, but this is a great, skilful, sometimes funny, almost apocalyptic joy.

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Great album, lots of great groovy tracks. Standout Tracks: Man at C&A, Hey Little Rich Girl, Stereotype / Stereotype Pt. 2, I Can't Stand It, International Jet Set

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It's very catchy!

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This was a fun listen. I liked it a lot.

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Lovely. Love steady rock steady be steady.

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Wild time. Album was all over the place and just a lot of fun. Favorite tracks: “Man at C&A” and “Sock It To ‘Em”

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No le encontré mucho lo especial (*duh*), pero es un disco chistosón hasta cierto punto. De repente hay sonidos que se lucen, pero sobre todo lo sentí así, ligero, entretenido. Como música para no tomarse en serio, pero hecha por gente que sabe de música. Al principio pensé que iba a ser todo con vibras un poco de reggae, pero luego se fue diluyendo. Me divirtieron "Stereotype/Stereotype, Pt. 2" y "International Jet Set". Le doy 7.5/10.

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Good refresher and enjoyable Ska.

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Hey, you are using my project.

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Músicas divertidíssimas!

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Diverse album, with just a solid set of tracks. Very fun, and I could see it growing on me for sure.

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Not quite up to the standard of the debut album, but a good album nonetheless. Diluted a little by the variety of styles but still an enjoyable listen.

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Really interesting. The first few tracks I thought really sounded muddy and like they were recorded in a garage or something. The later tracks seemed better. Not sure I love it, but it wasn't bad overall.

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four star album! fun poppy rasta

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Love it. Funky dancehall and ska that’s aged perfectly

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I've heard of the Specials before but hadn't ever actually listened in. I really dig this. Before listening I was thinking they were Reggae and was surprised but not surprised to find out that it was Ska! I know of the roots of Ska but had never done my homework enough to actually listen in. Very much helped me place other Reggae inspired bands like the Slits in the London scene. So many jams on this record with a fun spectrum of influences. I look forward to tuning into their first album. All are good but top tracks go to Hey Little Rich Girl, Stereotype, and Sock it to 'em JB. Only last note is that I'd like to do more research on the politics of the lyrics!

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4/5

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Almost done with the album. This was just a fun listen. It's a bit trippy but I like it. I'll rate either a 3 or 4.

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Ska Klassiker und fast schon genre begründend.

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genuinely was enjoying! lol

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The Specials- More Specials (1980): 7/10 Starts off on a bouncy ska sorta tone and continues to fuse many different genres throughout the album, utilizing many different instruments. Really weird, but in a good way. Probably not something I’d listen to in my spare time, but definitely a fun and interesting one time listen.

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Good vibes. Almost reggae pop?

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First forray into ska music. Interesting and not bad.

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Like Belle & Sebastian if they weren’t the whitest band in the world

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Yeah really enjoyable 3.9

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The Specials are so fun, I love their sound. I hear lots of what inspired Gorillaz phase 1 in this one.

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Super ska album met onbekende nummers voor mij

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Some fantasic songs. Some throwaways. I feel like I've lost the grasp of my own scoring system....

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I enjoyed it more than I thought I would its a really good album with some ace tracks, some fade a bit into the background which is why its not 5

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Enjoyed this, not the right weather or time of year for casual ska but still a great album

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I don't know if The Specials had as much to say on this album as they did on their debut. But it opens with one of my favourite songs about death - Enjoy Yourself so that's a start. Man in C&A is a much dubbier song than anything they did before, and Hey, Little Rich Girl feels like a much poppier update to Too Much, Too Young (nowhere near as good, but TMTY is near perfect). Do Nothing is class. Where the first album was urgent, this feels much more resigned. The play between the cheery ska and the defeatism of a lot of the lyrics is divine. Pearl's Cafe starts like a week track, but a cheeky refrain halfway through makes it work! It then has a possibly pointless, but spot on and joyful James Brown tribute - I AM NEVER SAYING NO TO THIS! Then they just start listing James Bond films. The back end of the album is very genre agnostic. There's easy listening, dub, pop, and a Casio version of the opener. It's a very good album, but not the terrifying propulsion of the first. It's still the Specials, but you can see that Specials AKA and Fun Boy 3 are on the horizon, sadly.

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Classic

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4.5/5. Shit had variety and energy, I like

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Pretty good. Difficult to make ska music which ages well in my opinion, this album is probably as good as it gets.

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Enjoyable album but not a genre I’m very familiar with.

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The Specials are surely one of the best ska bands to grace the planet. That being said this is a very good album. Not 5 stars but if you like ska you will almost certainly like this.

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God, The Specials are great! I only heard their debut in full for the first time last year but was blown away. I don't think this quite lives up to its heights, but the opening song kicks things off with so much energy, and the wider range of instrumentation with some more ambitious songwriting (Stereotype, namely) is a really nice contrast to the more direct debut. Also the song where they just list off a load of James Bond titles was bizarre but a lot of fun

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Good early ska sound. Maybe I’m a Specials fan?

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Really enjoyed having the Specials come up (again) - such unique sound, commentary of the era and taking in their unique musical talent. Very specials.

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The hint of ska at in the first 30 seconds made me want to immediately hate the entire thing but I couldn't bring myself to keep it up. Very sonically pleasing.

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This was fun. It dropped off in the second half, but I enjoyed it.

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Ça part fort. On est tout de suite dans la fête. Le Groove de Man at C&A est contagieux. On a un bon enchaînement avec les 4 premières chansons. Par contre, la voix sur Pearl's Cafe est moins intéressante, mais la chanson n'est pas si mauvaise. J'aime la guitare sur la grosse distorsion en background. La face A se termine avec Sock It to 'Em J.B où j'aime particulièrement le son du drum. L'expérience jusqu'à maintenant est vraiment agréable. La face B est un peu plus exigeante, mais pas nécessairement mauvaise. J'aime bien le petit beat d'orgue sur Stereotype mais la pièce devient redondante. Je n'ai rien contre les pièces longues, mais faut qu'il y ait une certaine construction intéressante. Holiday Fortnight est la pièce que j'aime le moins. I Can't Stand it serait bien sans les voix. J'aime la basse sur International Jet Set. Peut-être la plus expérimentale du disque. Bref, un album inégale dans un tout, mais je vais sûrement y revenir. J'aime beaucoup le style du groupe.

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That was an unexpected joy to listen to. It had nice hints of 80s weirdness + proto-ska

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En la universidad tuve mis tres semanas de querer oír mucho ska “del viejito” y fue que descubrí a The Specials, pero con las descargas de torrents tenía canciones sueltas de varios discos y ya nunca me aventé a buscarlo completo y oírlo, así que está fue buena experiencia. Creo que lo ma más destaca es que no suena monótono. Incluso en la versión extendida que trae casi el doble de rolas, la variación entre ellas es tanta, que nunca suenan dos igualitas al hilo. Y mira que eso es muy difícil lograr con las limitaciones del ska. Quizá parecerá mucho la cuarta estrella pero en verdad disfruté el disco y hasta se queda en mi colección.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Stereotype

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Approachable ska, soul-rock album. Not really something I personally enjoy, but the album was fine. Stand-outs: International Jet Set

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I don't think I've ever listened to Ska before

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I liked this record. The contrast of styles coming from the different band members; the variation between some instruments sounding live 'in-the-room', and the more polished close-miked sound of others; the dark themes set to upbeat music. A solid and enjoyable listen (3.3)

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Very odd and quirky album, catchy at times

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Upbeat pop with enough of a wink and a nod to stop it becoming grating. The decision to consciously make muzak for the pop charts is quite a mad one, and you've gotta respect that. Still, not really my kind of thing.

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Pretty ok

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Yessir

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Took me right back to my ska days in high school. Would have preferred their first self titled album from ‘79 more, but this one had a lot of the same feel.

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Never heard of them before, although some of the song titles were familiar. Interesting reggae and The Clash feels.

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Pretty good! Enjoyed this.

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definitely different ska than I'm used to but I dug it! A few standouts, and nothing that rubbed me wrong. Neat!

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Second half made up for the first

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Some interesting sounds here and there, ska overall does turn me off though.

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fun album, nothing getting me too excited though. I doubt I'd turn it off it came on the radio.

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In my opinion, far from its predecessor. A bunch of good songs, bu pretty average overall.

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No siempre lo ecléctico y extraño me parece bueno, por lo general sí me lo parece, pero en esta ocasión no. Creo que la que me gustó fue Man at C&A. Mood: LOL

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Wide variety of music here. Some horns and reggae too. Which came first Specials or Aqua Bats?

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Okay Ska-ish. They're 2nd wave (I think; this album 1980), so not quite as good as first-wave stuff, IMHO. Still, I like the sound generally, so 3/5.

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Álbum ecléctico, donde predomina el ska primigenio, 2 tones y punk, precursor del trip hop. Entretenido.

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Greatest showman

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🤔

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Sounds very dated now. But still, an enjoyable listen

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Ich hab zwar wenig Ahnung von ska. Aber das hier sollen die Wurzeln davon sein.

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some good tunes on here, but the beginning couple songs seemed a bit muddy vocally. still enjoyed the project though.

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Finally an album i know! Still a classic.

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Good. Enjoyed the style

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Pretty good

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Pretty boring aside from a couple tracks, the debut is infinitely superior

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Wasn't as special

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This is ska. Not a genre I normally listen to, but it works as background music.

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Ska. Alegre. Divertido.

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Nice album

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Pretty interesting music with some ska flavor.

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Decent old skool ska

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Some good tunes here, "Man at C&A", the "Enjoy Yourself" cover, and I can see how they wanted to get out of the typical ska format after their debut. But for me it resulted in a lot of hit-and-miss that made for an uneven listening experience across the album.

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It was fun, but seemed more like a novelty album than one i would expect here. I guess it had some influence that i am unaware of. I will jave "enjoy yourself" in my head all day though!

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Jeszcze wiecej specialsow, akurat tej bandy nie spodziewalem sie zobaczyc kolejny raz na liscie, bo wedlug spotifaja wszystkie klasyczne numery mieli zawarte na debiutanckim the specials, a tu kolejna plyta, mozna powiedziec, ze za ciosem, bo zaledwie rok po wydaniu pierwszej, tym razem banda dala sie poznac z jeszcze ambitniejszej strony, to nie jest juz ska przeniesione na brytyjskie wyspy, gatunek ktorym teraz sama banda sie okreslala to two tone, bo tak zwie ta mieszanka ska punku rocka i nowej fali, ale material na tej plycie jest tak chaotyczny, ze nie ma sensu szukac odpowidniego epitetu gatunkowego dla calosci, kazdy trak by trzeba bylo rozbijac i analizowac osobno, tak jak na poprzednim albumie kontent liryczny jest mocno polityczny, a moze tez swiatopogladowy, stara sie byc swiadomy, a bycie swiadomym w angli lat 80 za czasow teczerowej, to to juz lepiej kupic jakies tanie wino i o tym wszystkim zapomniec, taka jest tez wlasnie pierwsza sugestia na otwierajacym enjoy yourself, ktory jest typowo specialowym numerem, chociaz z mocna sekcja deta, a takie niewinne enjoy yourself przechodzi na kolejnych trakach w fatalistyczne do nothing czy rat race, ktory natomiast jedzie po karierowiczach, wiec w angli lat 80 nie bylo nic, nie ma nic, nie bedzie nic lepszego, wiecej trakow jest autorskich, chociaz w bandzie nie bylo jednego lirycysty, to kazdy wrzucil swoje dwa grosze i pojedyncze kawalki od roznych czlonkow sie pojawiaja, tak samo na wokalu czesciej mozna uslyszec czarne glosy, a nie tylko samego pana Halla. plyta ma kilka dobrych trakow, ktore brzmia prawie jak z pierwszego albumu, ale jednak druga strona jest mocno zapychajaca przez swoja niespojnosc stylowa, jakies cool jazzy, latino klimaty, westernowe klimaty, czy lounge, czyli gatunek majacy na celu swym vibem przeniesc sluchacza w dane miejsce, ten gatunek jest tutaj najbardziej odczuwalny na ghost town, gdzie naprawde robi robote, ale jesli zaraz po tym leci parostatkiem w piekny rejs, to troche wybija to z rytmu odsluch, szybka kariera bandy, wiec szybka ewolucja, moze zbyt szybka, pierwszy material mial w sobie o wiele wiecej zywej energii, tutaj znowu intensywnie wykorzystywany jest overdub przez co brzmienie jest bardziej doszlifowane, ale jednak traci na swoim charakterze, na plejke dodam friday night, saturday morning, stereotajpa i wspominanego do nothing

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16th September 2021 Listened through the day while working at home home before driving back to London. Enjoyed the energy, the positivity mixed with the darkness of some of the other songs. Surprised they're an 80s band I thought they were earlier

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Wasn't sure what to expect. It's a bit of a combination between British Rock like the Clash, and then Reggae. Leans really heavy into the Reggae on some songs. Really interesting, didn't love it but was decent.

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twas special

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Wasn’t as fan of two-tone originally but this was very listenable 3*

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Wat ska is altijd leuk. Maar net als bij hun debuut zijn hier ook een paar nummer die ik minder interessant vind

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First song I thought was very meh, but the more I listened, the more enjoyable it became

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Roots of ska and dub madly evident. But someone in this band thought too much of himself and the rest of the band didn’t push back… or I guess they did, because they quit shortly after. But they are what makes this good.

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Belinda Carlisle on a Specials album. Huh.

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Fínasta ska, skemmtilegt.

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a good fun ska album. heard of them before, but either forgot or never knew they were ska.

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Ska meets punk? Skunk? It was alright but not my cup of tea. Some cheeky lyrics and actually some really good lyrics (Stereotypes) if you can get past how repetitive they sound in certain songs (Enjoy Yourself, Sock it to 'Em JB...goofy). Probably not going to listen again.

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Ska is always a bit iffy for me. It gets real hard to break free from that style. Fishbone was able to break free from it in the 90s, but that seems to be an exception. This album reminded me a lot of that problem: the guitar playing on the offbeat, which I wind up focusing on WAY too much. A lot of political statements as well. So what do we have here? I mean, the music itself is pretty good, I tended to get into the music more as the album progressed. But near the end I just started to lose interest. I mean, it was okay and I liked the instrumentation. But I guess I was hoping for more than I got.

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Offbeat. In the proper frame of mind a 3.5 star gig

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It’s fun. Not their best though. The first song felt like a bunch of musicians in the same room but all playing different songs. It hit better by the end. But it’s not a very cohesive album overall.

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Much more down beat than the first album, and not a patch, partly because of this.

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This was a big departure from their debut ska album which I really like. Their debut had some killas like Rudy, Ghost Town and Gangsters and it really put them on the map along with the other big Brit ska band Madness. This album has a few fun songs though, and I think I'd like Enjoy Yourself to be played at my funeral (with a marching brass band N'awlins style). But I'm getting ahead of myself. Unfortunately there are a few duds on this album also so it only gets a 2.5, but I'll round up since I've been pretty miserly lately.

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This would have been a disappointment to the fans who liked the punky ska sound of the first LP. While that LP would have been thrown on at parties, some of the songs here sound loungy, even eerie at times. I guess they were shifting toward the darker AKA sounds of Ghost Town or The Boiler. That said, the sound here is original, there are some solid tracks, I like the horn section and collaborations with the female vocalists of the day.

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This album was a lot of fun.

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could see it in a weird horror movie, but not my everyday listening vibe

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This wasnt that special

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It's a good album, by a great band, but I don't see how this is above or beyond their first album, which is already on the list. While I won't complain about listening to The Specials, I think this spot on the list would be better filled by something new. PS: Anyone else mistake 'International Jet Set' for a Gorillaz track?

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Cool ska

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Not bad, pretty catchy

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Had some reggae vibes at times. Mostly pretty okay

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It's an okay album, but I probably won't listen to it ever again.

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3

Such a fun and varied album. It loses a bit of steam in the last half but there's no real bad moments here.

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Pretty fun listen - might have to go back again.

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Fun, thoughtful, funny, enjoyable. "Enjoy Yourself" stands out as the boppy track with frankly depressing existental lyrics. But still boppy.

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Honestly, not the strongest Specials album, but my love for the band in general got this a generous 3. Enjoy yourself! It's later than you think!

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Pretty fun album. Dig the grooves. A little Monty Python-y at times. But generally good shit.

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An interesting blend of many styles. Early ska, experimental, psych. Not exactly my thing, but an interesting album, nonetheless.

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This is alright--not exactly my type of music, but I like it. Of course this is the Message to You Rudy band: exactly what I might have expected of them.

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6/10, an especially weak first half gives way to an experimental and really fun second half that completely saves the album. The conventional ska of the first half is rather milquetoast, and led me to rolling my eyes repeatedly, but the dynamism that Jerry Dammers brought from “Sock It to ‘em J.B.” And on shows the energy and experimentation saved for the later tracks

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Pa definitivno su nešt specijalno, sam ne meni previše jbg.

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"More Specials" is a cool 2 tone album, fusing ska with post-punk in a very unique way. Basically an expansion on their previous record, it exceeds their debut effort by including collaborations with names from other 2 tone bands like Bodysnatchers and Madness, and the new wave from The Go-Go's. With even more political lyrics, thi record has classics like "Enjoy Yourself", "Hey, Little Rich Girl" and "Do Nothing".

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3 1/2

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Good solid Ska fun, definitely not all a load of bollocks. Won’t change your life, but will make you smile, which, come to think of it, can change your life, I suppose. “International Jet Set” is well remembered old fave. 3.3 for 3.

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Pretty much like any other Ska album out there: entertaining and lightening the mood for 15-20 minutes, after that it becomes a bit too much

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Fun sound as is usual for ska, but it just lacks any greatness or mass appeal.

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3/5

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This is the band that did ghost town right ( love that song)… The album starts with enjoy yourself ( it’s later than you think) a nice ska track with some interesting breaks in between that act as the songs verses yeah it’s decent. < I’am from the uk so I don’t need to bother with rat race> Man at c&a is a slower track showing the contrasts in their sound from the start it takes a good minute to get to the core of the song but the spoken bits are cool too to be honest. Then is hey little rich girl it’s an alright song but the songs main strength is in it’s chorus with the use of the “ jazzier” instruments. Do nothing is probably the song here that’s the best representation of the ska genre containing the slow, mellow pacing that is typically associated with Jamaica and the calmness I would associate with it. Pearl’s cafe is a bit more filler bringing in some energy that I kinda wanted with this album but it still just feels like a way to give the album a few extra minutes. But the backing vocals are funny. Ending side one is sock it to Em J.B. It’s fun enough but just feels similar to the second song. Starting side two is the 7 minute long Stereotype/ stereotype part 2 part 1 is a brilliant slow track, it does feel off in it’s positioning as it has very little energy but it’s still good. The second part of the song isn’t as good just a slower version of the last and second songs acting as an extended outro to the song. Holiday fortnight is just a happy little instrumental not good but not bad whatsoever. The drums on I can’t stand it feel too artificial for the specials But aside from that I love this songs chorus and the female backing singer is also a highlight to the track probably my favourite on this thing! Now the penultimate track international jet set it’s alright it’s really just a gloomier version of what we’ve herd before and ska as a whole. The album ends with a slower reprise of the first song it’s only short but really fitting for a closer. I mean I enjoyed it there were a few dull moments but none of it was unlistenable it’s a high 3.

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Kind of strange, not really my cup of tea, kind of goofy and bouncy.

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For me there were no familiar songs on this album

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I am not a fan of this one. They sound like their competent musicians(especially the keyboards, which sound amazing and the horns were good too) but it seems like this is a bunch of friends jamming in a dive bar for the free drinks.The singing isn't too good (and is washed out at times " do nothing" by the instruments)and the whole Ska idea is lost on me. I mean it's not terrible but it seems the song all pass through me as backround music and there isn't anything of note for me here.

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This is corny. It’s try hard and “edgy”. Not for me

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Some songs I moderately enjoyed, while others were horribly obnoxious. I still pray that there will never be a fourth wave of Ska.

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Ca ne ma pas vraiment marque, un peu reggea un peu funk je ne sais plus trop. 2.75

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Old ska sounds. Not that great. 3/10.

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Not horrible, but noy really that good. The music tries to be upbeat for the most part, but it’s a bit of a ska, reggae, pop- rock mess. 2.5 stars, and rounding down because there isn’t one song or riff that I want hear again.

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My only familiarity with The Specials is from their appearance on Saturday Night Live back in 1980, which I really enjoyed at the time--it was fun and high energy. So, on to More Specials, the Specials' second album. I loathe pub singalongs, so album opener Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) left me cold with it's overly busy, fumbling arrangement and belted choruses. Fortunately, the Specials are more competent than the opening tune would indicate. Man At C & A demonstrates their mastery of the dub style, with some spaghetti western affectations. With Hey Little Rich Girl, they're back to ska. The vocals and lyrics are very punk -- it's an interesting combination. For me, the Specials' version of ska is a little clumsy and on the nose compared to the Jamaican original, but I understand the appeal. Clearly The Specials love, love, love Jamaican music and have made a real effort to understand it. It's an extension of Britain's appreciation of Jamaican music, exemplified by the absolutely fantastic Tighten Up series, which I highly recommend if you have even a passing interest in Jamaican popular music of the late 60s and early 70s. The rest of More Specials proceeds along the same lines, a British working class take on ska and it's variations. For me, it's largely superfluous. I'd rather listen to the real thing.

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Not my style

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Ska is not my thing it turns out.

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It was alright. I tried to like it more but couldn’t. 2 stars lol

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Decent album but nothing special (no pun intended), some good songs, some bad. I would give it 2,5/5 if possible.

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Madness was much better band.

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High energy Ska. Singing not very melodic. Not for me.

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Based on reviews I had read prior, I expected something more eclectic and interesting. Its not terrible, but I found it very dissapointing, and I dont think it needs to be on the list.

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I enjoy ska quite a lot, but these vocals are too grating for me to really get into this album.

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Not very interesting, just didn't groove with it.

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It gets better, a bit grittier, the longer you leave it on. Heading towards their signature, downbeat, negative sound they were most noted for. Perhaps harshly.

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ну чот какой-то посредственный ска, может повлияло то, что белых много в коллективе ...хотя я не шарю...но чего-то не хватает в нём

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Thought I would enjoy this. But all the tunes seem to be on their other albums.

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Didn't like it.

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Sounds like a circus. Didn't really like it.

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This is pretty garbage. Worst song is the aptly named "I Can't Stand It".

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Not a lot to add for this one. Enjoyed the first two tracks but that’s all…

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I like ska, but this isn't my jam. It's basically reggae modified to be watered-down. Pass.

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I didn't enjoy it then and I didn't think I'd enjoy it now. But actually it's not terrible.

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I love the Specials self titled debut. It's a great album. This album is not. The songs sound as much like novelty songs as serious music. Maybe it would I.prove with further listens however nothing in this initial listen is sufficiently interesting to warrant a deeper dive.....accept Stereotype/Stereotype Pt. 2. Can't give it more than 2.5 stars

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Pretty good. I'd enjoy hearing more of it. 2/5

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meh

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Not a whole lot to say about this one. It is pretty weird and all over the place, and while I did not hate it at all, it is not something I would necessarily want to come back to. You can tell the band was inspired by 50s/60s pop music while incorporating some unique reggae/post-punk elements. The vocalist and musical style kind of reminded me of Dexy's Midnight Runners, but I am not too familiar with their work. Overall, there were some catchy moments and fun ideas here, but it was a bit too strange for me. 2.5/5.

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Not that interesting, probably wouldn't listen again.

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J'avais jamais entendu parler. C'est pas mauvais mais jsp quand que jvais réécouter ça

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I've never understand why ska music is so popular. I can't take more than 5 minutes at once, or I became violent. The song "Do Nothing" was nice, at least. "Stereotype" has something special, but was way too long.

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I like the Specials, but this gets on my nerves not even half-way through. In doses, the Specials are great, an entire album will drive you to hate them.

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J’ai eu peur quand la première toune est partie. Je me suis dit « ok, the Specials, c’est le diminutif de enfant spécial ». Mais bon, ça s’est placé après. Il y a du bon et du mauvais. J’ai bien aimé International Jet Set. Des fois c’est faux, des fois c’est croche (je ne parle pas du Feel Ska ici). Dans l’ensemble, c’est un beau party de monde qui ne se prennent pas au sérieux.

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Intéressant comme mix de genres, un peu reggae, un peu doowop/rockabilly, un peu comptine J'ai pas détesté mais j'ai pas trippé non plus, Les premières tounes sont chouettes mais ça se gâte plus loin dans l'album C'est weird repiquer la ligne de brass de Goldfinger et de crier des noms de films de james bond... La chanteuse invitée est fausse que le calvâsse Bien aimé les petits beatmachines d'orgue Bref, pas inintéressant mais pas malade non plus

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ovaj ska, 2 tone miks bilo kakvi sa ska, a i dub mi većinom ne sjedaju toliko, jednostavno mi taj žanr nije previše drag. dosadan je, a ne zvuči tako. uglavnom ovaj album nije loš, neb bio ovdje da je, ali jednostavno nije moje područje gdje bi ja uživao uz njeg.

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Početak holiday fortnight može biti početak neke Mišine pjesme

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Litt tjo hei-stil. Kanskje mer passende for dansefot enn for arbeidsdag

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Interesting because the influences seem to span multiple decades. But also it's still very ska and I couldn't get into it.

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Back in my day Ska was upbeat and in your face. That's a weird comment considering that this incarnation predates the Ska of my youth. Anyway. It's fine. I don't dislike it. But I don't like. It had an okay sense of humor.

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It was okay, not really for me I think.

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Eccentric album, a song about James Bond? Reggae? Feels very British, sounds semi-Caribbean. Not particularly my cuppa.

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A enjoy yourself é boa, o resto é mto ruim

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Couldn’t finish, really bad. Ska mix of horror music.

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03/30/2022 Nope. Absolutely not for me, and a struggle to even finish.

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This was a particularly bad album. The songs were pretty bizarre and it felt that they were unpolished. All this makes sense when I read they were an early ska style band. Ingenuitive to some they may be but to me this was pretty tough to get through. 3.3/10

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