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More Specials

The Specials

1980

More Specials

Album Summary

More Specials is the second album by English ska band the Specials, released by 2 Tone Records in October 1980. After the success of the band's self-titled debut, band member Jerry Dammers assumed the role as the band's leader and stirred them into expanding their 2 Tone sound into other genres of music, most prominently a lounge music and easy listening style inspired by Muzak. Several band members disagreed with Dammers' vision and brought their own influences to the album, including from northern soul and rockabilly, contributing to an eclectic sound palette. The relations between band members continued to sour into the album's accompanying tour and most of the band departed in 1981. The album features collaborations with the Go-Go's members Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, and Jane Wiedlin; Rhoda Dakar from the Bodysnatchers; and Lee Thompson from Madness. The lyrics on the album, as with the band's debut album, are often intensely political. Upon its release, the album alienated some fans, but reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart, while its singles reached the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. The album also reached number 98 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Critics greeted the album with praise, where journalists felt the album marked a bold step for the band. It has been since cited as an influence on the trip hop genre in the 1990s, and has been re-released several times.

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Rating

3.02

Votes

4693

Genres

  • Rock
  • Reggae
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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

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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Thu Mar 03 2022
1

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

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Mon Aug 30 2021
1

Awful, serious ordeal to listen to the whole album.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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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Sun Mar 13 2022
2

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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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

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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Tue Sep 21 2021
1

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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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Impossible not to get moving to the Specials.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Brutal.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

звучит хорошо, но немного нудно

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

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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Sun Jan 09 2022
1

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

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

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

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

10/10

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Sat May 29 2021
5

Super fun ska.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Enjoyed

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

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

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Mon Apr 11 2022
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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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

curto o som deles

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Top Album

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

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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Wed May 12 2021
4

It's very catchy!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Lovely. Love steady rock steady be steady.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Good refresher and enjoyable Ska.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Hey, you are using my project.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Músicas divertidíssimas!

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

four star album! fun poppy rasta

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

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

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Mon May 24 2021
4

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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Tue May 18 2021
4

4/5

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Mon May 10 2021
4

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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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Ska Klassiker und fast schon genre begründend.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

genuinely was enjoying! lol

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

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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Wed May 19 2021
4

Good vibes. Almost reggae pop?

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Mon May 24 2021
4

First forray into ska music. Interesting and not bad.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

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

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Yeah really enjoyable 3.9

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Super ska album met onbekende nummers voor mij

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

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

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Classic

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

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

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

surprisingly good genre bending new wave-ish. Like if Talking Heads were a ska band that also enjoyed doing spots for kids television

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

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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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Stereotype

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

7/10. I liked that all the songs sounded different, but they were definitely better at some styles of music than others.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

Much better than I was expecting. I am not super familiar with the 2 Tone ska revival from the 1970s and have kind of been dismissive of ska in general, but this is a lot more eclectic and enjoyable than I was expecting. Will check out more from The Specials.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

I really liked this. The cover of 'Enjoy Yourself' is a great version of a classic happysad song (the same sentiment as 'Do You Realize??'). It sets the tone of the album, which is eclectic in style and theme, but always fun and bouncy regardless of the seriousness of the lyric. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) Date listened: 17/08/22

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Ska. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Surprised by how much I enjoyed this as I don't usually seek out ska or similar. Very interesting album that feels like it changes with every song. I'll deffo give this another listen! Saved tracks: Man at C&A, Stereotype/Stereotype, Pt.2, Holiday Fortnight, I Can't Stand It, International Jet Set

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

I love this album, The Specials and ska in general. I don't think it is as good as their first album which is hard to beat.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Ska

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Somebody wants me to be happy! Somebody wants me to dance! And probably get high but no worries, Specials, your brand of upbeat island partytime fun is the only foreign substance I need!

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Wonderful record.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Great album, not quite like the debut, but close

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Bouncy ska fun. Turns out I only know two Specials songs, and neither is in this album. But it’s still a good listen.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

genre defining album

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

This one was a hidden gem for me. Lots of interest in the variety of songs.

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Wed Nov 18 2020
3

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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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

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

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

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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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Very odd and quirky album, catchy at times

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Fri May 07 2021
3

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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Tue May 18 2021
3

Pretty ok

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Yessir

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Pretty good! Enjoyed this.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

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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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Second half made up for the first

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

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

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

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

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Fri May 14 2021
3

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

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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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

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

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

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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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

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

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Greatest showman

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

🤔

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Sounds very dated now. But still, an enjoyable listen

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

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

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Wed May 19 2021
3

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

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Finally an album i know! Still a classic.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Good. Enjoyed the style

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Pretty good

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

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

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Wasn't as special

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

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

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

Ska. Alegre. Divertido.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Nice album

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Sat Jul 31 2021
3

Pretty interesting music with some ska flavor.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Decent old skool ska

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

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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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

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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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

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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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

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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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

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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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

twas special

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

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

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Sun Nov 14 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

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

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

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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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Belinda Carlisle on a Specials album. Huh.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Fínasta ska, skemmtilegt.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

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

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

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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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

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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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

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

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

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

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

This album was a lot of fun.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

This wasnt that special

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Cool ska

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Not bad, pretty catchy

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

Had some reggae vibes at times. Mostly pretty okay

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

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

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Thu Mar 03 2022
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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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Pretty fun listen - might have to go back again.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

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

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

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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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

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

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

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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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

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

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

"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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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

3 1/2

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

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

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Fri May 06 2022
3

3/5

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Thu May 19 2022
3

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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Fri May 27 2022
3

Hmm ihan jees, 3/5

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

This is a solid meh for me. Glad I listened for a track or two, but not in love with the whole album or anything. One of the biggest signs this was "meh" is that I listened to it and liked a couple of tracks earlier but had no memory of doing so. Fave track: Sock it to 'Em, JB kicked ass.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

I am now convinced that pasty British people *can* make Ska music, but I am now yet convinced that they *should be allowed to*

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

It’s no self titled Specials but it’s fun

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

A ska revival with a pinch of punk rock. Catchy lines. (6/10) FT: Enjoy Yourself, Stereotype / Stereotype Pt.2

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Better than their first album? 5/10

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Can't put my finger on why I liked this... good beats, lyrical music, a little reggae and ska, perhaps that's what it's tapping into? When I started this 2 disc album, I resolved to only listen to 1, but ended up doing it all! (2nd disc brought it from 4 to 3).

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

This was a pretty fun listen. It was pretty flat all around when compared to later Ska music. Sounded like something you'd hear in a lobby or grocery store. Not something I'll come back to but enjoyable enough. 3 stars.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Sometimes fun and sometimes weird in a way that doesn't make me want to hear more. They're at their best when they're imitating somebody else. Best track: Holiday Fortnight

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Very whimsical and somewhat catchy. I listened to this early in the morning and I barely remember much about it by when I’m writing this at 11pm except that I liked the jet set song

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Тухлая пляжная вечеринка

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Good without being great

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Das beste, was man aus sich machen kann, wenn man als Ska-Band gestartet ist. Ich muss, für mich überraschend, drei Sterne geben, wenn auch seeehr schlechte. Unglaublich.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

I appreciate what they did for ska, but most of this album is forgettable. Worth a listen for the impact it had, not necessarily its contents.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Encore moins spécial que leur précédent album.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Interesting Album....I can't say that I loved it....but I had no idea that Reggae was introduced into rock before the Police perfected it....

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

favourite song: man at c&a least favourite song: pearl's cafe honourable mention to hey little rich girl. pretty good album but quite a few songs feel like filler

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

I missed this group in the late 70s-early 80s. If their music made it to Canada, I was asleep. Love Hey, Little Rich Girl. No doubt, the band has influenced other groups.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

C'est chelou mais c'est pas mal :)

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Tue Oct 18 2022
3

Not my style

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

T3B 1. Stereotype / Stereotype, Pt. 2 2. Man at C&A 3. Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think) Really enjoyed this listen. Surprising 3.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

So, a fan of The Specials but really all I know is the debut and the big songs. Therefore all I really know from this is the wonderfully raucous Enjoy Yourself. The Specials are never bad, but the second half here is... unexpected. Yelling James Bond films. Moving into some sort of Western that devolves into dub? Very different, an interesting listen, not sure I'd choose to put it on that often though.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

I liked it. I don't like ska generally, but this album was fun

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

This was interesting. Not unpleasant to listen to. A little bit of reggae, some funk, and some I don't know what. Had no idea this group even existed (unlike 38 Special, which I was all about in the late 80s!)

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Fun 80s ska

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Didn't hate it but its a one and done.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Very fun ska album

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Fri Dec 02 2022
3

ah yeah. good stuff. Not as good as The Clash!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

2

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

For me there were no familiar songs on this album

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

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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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

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

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

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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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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

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Mon May 24 2021
2

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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Wed May 26 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Not my style

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Ska is not my thing it turns out.

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Tue May 25 2021
2

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

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Thu May 13 2021
2

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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