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W1ZZARD ,

Fantastic

this album has it all unreconstructed punk rock,protest reggae,power pop and great tunes
One Law is an exploration of life in current times embracing, amongst other things, themes of suburban despair, social media distraction and urban gentrification. Musically it’s an eclectic mix of pop, punk, disco, surf instrumental and from the band, recently described by Record Collector magazine as “better players of reggae than the Clash”, a dose of what else but Baltic reggae.

The title track, a reggae lament, is about the gentrification of London and the social cleansing of the capital. Other tracks like “Robin Hood in Reverse” touch on topical themes of austerity. But don’t despair. As always with the Members there’s mordant humour amidst the shade. From the deadpan Baltic reggae of “Nightshift” - about life in a band - to the jangly guitar pop of “Black Dog” and drug induced depression, JC Carroll, the creative driving force behind the original Members, writes songs tinged with sadness, regret and sardonic wit. The catchy pop of “Emotional Triggers” contrasts the distracted digital modern life with the exuberance of his 20th century youth. “Incident in Surbiton” marks the birth of a new genre - deadpan disco - with a commuter’s suicide note to his wife.

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