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Wha'ppen? Well their early fans might ask, but The English Beat were growing up fast, and for every member of the Two Tone army that bemoaned the lack of punk fire found here, they enlisted a new recruit taken with their maturing sounds and more diverse stylings. The album's taster "Drowning," coupled with another album track "All Out to Get You," may have disappointed chartwise, barely breaking into the Top 25, but it did not reflect the fate of the full-length, which soared to Number Three. It spun off a further single, "Doors of Your Heart," that didn't quite make the Top 30, but it's surprising it charted at all, considering it's flip, "Get a Job" was also pulled from...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Wha'ppen? Well their early fans might ask, but The English Beat were growing up fast, and for every member of the Two Tone army that bemoaned the lack of punk fire found here, they enlisted a new recruit taken with their maturing sounds and more diverse stylings. The album's taster "Drowning," coupled with another album track "All Out to Get You," may have disappointed chartwise, barely breaking into the Top 25, but it did not reflect the fate of the full-length, which soared to Number Three. It spun off a further single, "Doors of Your Heart," that didn't quite make the Top 30, but it's surprising it charted at all, considering it's flip, "Get a Job" was also pulled from the album. So what had happened? The group's anger hadn't cooled, not if their lyrics were anything to go by. Paranoia reigns across "All Out," "Monkey Murders" and "A Dream House in NZ" are filled with angst, "Drowning" is equally downbeat, "I Am Your Flag" vehemently tackles jingoistic nationalism and "Over and Over" the cult of violence, while "Cheated" and "Get a Job" take headers into the paucity of British life and opportunities in general. Which means it's all downhill mood-wise from the unity themed opener "Doors," with its dreamy, sax-fired-pop laced with dub. But the music is moving in another direction entirely, actually in a variety of directions, as The Beat blend ever further flung influences into their sound. "Get Out" stirs up a "la bamba" dish with funky flavoring and douses it with pop. "French Toast," the album's sole cover, only French connection is the lyrical language, the arrangement mixes a calypso flair and Afrobeats, with Mediterranean spices. "Drowning" juxtaposes reggae with the art-rock experimentation of Gang of Four, a musical journey continued across "Dream House." And so the group go, mixing and melding their way across the island. Friends join the party, adding marimbas, trumpets, and steel drums, but the most notably guest is The Congos Cedric Myton, who adds his crystal falsetto to "Doors." A splendid album that might not have the urgency of its predecessor, but was more adventurous and twice as interesting.
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  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 643443108126
  • Catalog Number: 31081

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The English Beat Primary Artist
Dave Wakeling Guitar, Vocals
Cedric Myton Vocals
Bob Sargeant Marimbas
Ranking Roger Vocals
Dave Blockhead Keyboards
Andy Cox Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Everett Morton Vocals, Group Member
Saxa Saxophone, Vocals
David Steele Vocals
Dick Drums, Steel Drums
Saltin Trumpet
Technical Credits
Dave Wakeling Composer
Bob Sargeant Producer
Ranking Roger Composer
Andy Cox Composer
Mark Dearnley Engineer
Everett Morton Composer
Saxa Composer
Everett Moreton Contributor
Dave Steele Composer
Frank DeLuna Mastering
David Wright Composer
David Steel Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    clear ska, no clouds

    I remember the album cover so much I copied it into a poster and placed it on all of the walls of my rat infested college rooms. I loved the first album but this one had such a calm maturity. "Get a job," talk about the perfect song for a near college graduate. This is a perfect album. You just put it on and get it. The Beat had at least five more albums of bliss. It's ashame. They were at the top of there sound, then let it all crumble. But, then again I just said this was a perfect album. Perfect needs no perfection, no?

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