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Subculture by The Selecter

The Selecter


Release Date: Jun 15, 2015

Genre(s): Ska, Pop/Rock

Record label: DMF Music


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Album Review: Subculture by The Selecter

Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

If you're a serious ska fan, you're probably aware that the Selecter -- one of the major groups of the 2-Tone-led U.K. ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s -- broke up in 1982, but reunited in 1991, with various lineups of the group touring and recording ever since. However, the Selecter's 2015 release Subculture has been hailed as a comeback among folks who don't regularly wear pork pie hats, and it's certainly true this is a much stronger album than the sizable majority of the material that's been released under the group's name since 1992.

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Record Collector - 60
Based on rating 3/5

Now trading for over 35 years, The Selecter’s first album since 2013 is something of a sugared pill. True, there are all the trumpets and the occasional toasting MC you might wearily associate with revivalist ska, but underpinning it – and by far its greatest strength – is a political bent and a quiet rage. It’s most explicit on the sauntering Breakdown, which ends solemnly with a roll call of names of victims of police brutality in the UK.

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