The English Beat: Special Beat Service (IRS)
J.D. Considine, Musician, February 1983
UNLIKE WH'APPEN, Special Beat Service successfully manages the transition from 2-tone to full color, giving the English Beat a sound that is at once more soulful and harder rocking. Of course, that's basically what they were after in the first place, but where this new album succeeds is in managing that winning combination without succumbing to the limitations of a single style, the way Ska did.
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