The Specials - Encore
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #122 / 207
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2019 Ratings: #195
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
We need right-thinking rebel records like ‘Encore’ now more than ever.
80
Clash
Retaining the pop immediacy that has always made them so striking The Specials are able to root this in contemporary issues, challenging themselves and the culture around them at every turn.
60
AllMusic

Despite this lack of fire, Encore is a definite step up from the covers albums the Specials made surrounding Y2K: they feel like a band with a purpose, even if they're not making an especially big deal about it.

60
The Guardian
It’s an unequivocal triumph on an album that mixes the great and the so-so, the former outweighing the latter enough to appease fans, if not, one suspects, ex-bandmates.
uterodetitina
10
So boring.
tha138
69
Trying to moderate my enthusiasm, I adopted a cool attitude, I acknowledged the waste of time and I was ready for a kick in the ass.
But as the album kept on playing and without realizing it, I had stood up and I had started dancing to the vibrant energy of a familiar manifesto.
Trindade31
60
Melodias divertidinhas mas as letras são extremamente "cruas" poeticamente, falta uma certa sutileza...
LeoSylph
83
In times like these when everyone feel the need to be political but tend to go on extreme ways or stay totally shut being consumed by media, for example.
It's refreshing to enjoy songs going forwarded about some things like feminism, race and social issues without the pressure of being pushed to them in a cynical way.
Enjoyable at every second, The Specials has brought us an amazing album. May be a great album or not but it totally depends upon if you give it a chance. It’s for sure that ... read more
DalekTurret32
97
The Specials are back with the members of their original lineup for the first time since 1981, and they deliver an excellent comeback album showcasing the splendid elements of ska.

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys [94]
B.L.M. [99]
Vote For Me [102]
The Lunatics [93]
Breaking Point [98]
Blam Blam Fever [97]
10 Commandments [86] (-)
Embarassed By You [101]
The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression) [103]
We Sell Hope [98]

Top 5:

5. We Sell Hope
4. B.L.M.
3. Embarassed By You
2. Vote For Me
1. ... read more
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Track List

  1. Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
  2. B.L.M
  3. Vote For Me
  4. The Lunatics
  5. Breaking Point
  6. Blam Blam Fever
  7. 10 Commandments
  8. Embarrassed By You
  9. The Life And Times (Of A Man Called Depression)
  10. We Sell Hope
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Added on: January 31, 2019