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Skanktified by Various

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: Reggae, CD, Album, Recommended, Top Rated
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3 copies available
  1. 1. The Dingees - Wake Up
  2. 2. The Skadaddles - Unsaid
  3. 3. The Philibusters - Golden Ticket
  4. 4. Genkideska - Encircler
  5. 5. Newmans - Beautiful Girl
  6. 6. Zion Youth Group - Servin'
  7. 7. Nester's Bad Habit - Skankin' On The Streets Of Gold
  8. 8. Not For The Crowd - The Hideout
  9. 9. Trump Mother Jones - Preacher Boy
  10. 10. The Daily Special - Girls
  11. 11. Sideshow Cafe - Praise The Lord
  12. 12. The Insyderz - The Walking Dead
  13. 13. Buck - Our World
  14. 14. Rainy Days - Pied Piper
  15. 15. Rainy Days - Time To Change
  16. 16. Pax - It's All Good
  17. 17. Pop - Postcards
  18. 18. Big Dog Small Fence - Finite
  19. 19. Skypark - Wax Tadpole
  20. 20. Solomon's Porch - Birds Of The Air
  21. 21. This Side Up - Lost Boy
  22. 22. The Israelites - Israelite Train End
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Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

The ska revival in the USA Christian music scene has mirrored an underground revival in ska music in the mainstream scene over there. To British ears, it may seem strange that once more the sounds of The Specials and those other 2 Tone acts from the late '70s are finding a new audience amongst American teens tired of grungey rock! Although bands like The Insyderz and The Supertones have managed to create quite a reasonable profile, there are plenty of other bands bubbling under and this N-Soul compilation brings the best together, although this is occasionally tenuo-us! This actually brought back weird flashbacks of the British 'Shots In the Dark' comp from the early '80s! So let me just rave about my faves!! The Skadaddles' furious "Unsaid" is a good example of a chunky rhythm and plenty of horns. This, it has to be said, is also the glory of the wonderfully named Big Dog Small Fence who manage to create a bit of a Nutty Boy feel for "Finite". Solomon's Porch and The Israelites have adopted a more '60s ska feel for their songs and chosen to not add in a little grungey rock into the mix and their songs stand out for that. Some things are just curiously quirky and therefore worth a mention! Sideshow Cafe do a fast paced ska cover of an old Don Francisco song - "Praise The Lord" - and boy it works! Great fun too. Talking of fun, the Zion Mennonite Youth Group serve up a happy song called "Servin"' with most of the group contributing vocals at some stage! Weird but it works! I'd be very surprised if new Word signees Skypark would be happy that "Wax Tadpole" from the indie album they are trying to forget has turned up on here! Like all indie comps, this one has mixed production values, some crackin' tracks and surprisingly few turkeys! Whether the porkpie hat will ever make a comeback amongst Christian music lovers over here is another thing! Nostalgic 2-Tone lovers should snap this up! From CR54: N-Soul's non-dance music label weighs in here with an intriguing compilation of ska groups. Some of the bands here have been signed, the seriously successful Insyderz, the Dingees (now with BEC) while the Skadaddles have been signed by Eclectica themselves. Not surprisingly, they turn in some of the best cuts here, though there's plenty more skanking delights on offer here by bands who are unlikely to be giving up their day jobs in the foreseeable future. So let's hear it for, among them, the Philibusters from Illinois, the Newmans from Arizona, the Zion Mennonite Youth Group from Pennsylvania or PAX from California. Sometimes the songs are in your face gospel ("Praise The Lord"), sometimes cretinous teen anthems ("Girls...I Like Them"), sometimes the riffing brass sections are tight and punchy, sometimes laughably shambolic, but there's so much neo-Two Tone fun here that if you're keen to find out why our American cousins are crazy about those ska rhythms, this is one to investigate. 7 squares Tony Cummings

Style: Reggae
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 636
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Spirit 9799612
Items: 1
Release Date: 1998

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