May 24, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B

The godfathers of the early-’80s Two Tone movement combined ska’s rigid rhythms with soccer-hooligan brio and a mildly political agenda. On their debut, they took a curatorial approach, lacing their ska workouts with punkish vitriol. Their second album was a more global-pop exercise, with touches of dub and calypso. Frontman Jerry Dammer’s spin-off band, Special A.K.A., downplayed ska for neo-soul. Those pining for skinny ties can view videos on all three. Specials: B More: B+ Studio: B

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