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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The Selecter are still a ska band, but at this point other influences are being allowed into the mix as well, with mostly pleasing results. "Reselecterization" opens the album with an explicitly hip-hop-derived instrumental flourish, but the band soon settles into a ska groove that is far from the old school on its shiny surfaces but still deeply rooted in Jamaican verities. The best juxtaposition of old and new comes on a cover version of the old Toots Hibbert song "Sweet and Dandy," on which slick production is counterbalanced by a greasy trombone courtesy of Rico Rodriguez! and Pauline Black's husky vocals. A few songs, including the lackluster "Neurotica" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The Selecter are still a ska band, but at this point other influences are being allowed into the mix as well, with mostly pleasing results. "Reselecterization" opens the album with an explicitly hip-hop-derived instrumental flourish, but the band soon settles into a ska groove that is far from the old school on its shiny surfaces but still deeply rooted in Jamaican verities. The best juxtaposition of old and new comes on a cover version of the old Toots Hibbert song "Sweet and Dandy," on which slick production is counterbalanced by a greasy trombone courtesy of Rico Rodriguez! and Pauline Black's husky vocals. A few songs, including the lackluster "Neurotica" and "California Screaming," are not strong enough on their own to support the weight of all that studio frippery, but "I Want Justice" and "Mother Knows Best" with its faux orchestral strings and church bells both manage to draw strength from the added bells and whistles. The final result is an album that will alienate some fans while, perhaps, attracting some new ones as well. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/1994
  • Label: Triple X Records
  • UPC: 021075118322
  • Catalog Number: 51183

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reselecterization (4:20)
  2. 2 Whip Them Down (3:04)
  3. 3 Sweet and Dandy (3:53)
  4. 4 Neurotica (3:36)
  5. 5 California Screaming (5:15)
  6. 6 I Want Justice (2:31)
  7. 7 Trout (3:59)
  8. 8 Copasetic (3:24)
  9. 9 Mother Knows Best (3:34)
  10. 10 Ladders (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Selecter Primary Artist
Pauline Black Vocals
Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes Guitar
Arthur "Gaps" Hendrickson Vocals
Martin Stewart Keyboards
Nick Welsh Bass
Rico Rodriguez Trombone
Gary Locksy Vocals
Technical Credits
Denis Blackham Mastering
Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes Producer
Nick Welsh Producer
Jimmy Haynes Producer
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