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Babylon

Skindred Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000067DRP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Set It Off
2. Kiss And Make Up
3. Pressure
4. Sicker
5. Selection
6. Babylon
7. The Fear
8. Bruises
9. Together
10. World Domination
11. Nobody

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If ever there was a time for Skindred's Babylon, it's now. With nu-metal breaking down any remaining barriers between pop, rock, rap, metal and punk, there's surely a place for a band who can convincingly add reggae to the mix. That's Skindred's tip. Rising from the ashes of the virulently political Dub War, they've toned down the rhetoric and introduced a massive and infectious positivity, thereby raising themselves to a far higher level. This is not to say Babylon lacks intensity or pain. Singer Benji appeared on Soulfly's debut album and, here, "Bruises" reflects Max Cavalera's outraged roar, "Kiss and Make Up" deals with domestic violence, while the title track's anti-police shriek and pounding metal recalls Rage Against the Machine. But, mostly, this is fun, with "Pressure", "Selector" and "Nobody" all being Skindred-gonna-getcha boasts. Yet this is not simple, bounce-along punk. Just as Cavalera cunningly mixes metal with Brazilian chants and roots rhythms, so Skindred employ reggae's sweet melodies, deep bass and complex, intertwining vocals to create a new and compelling music. "The Fear" even nods to earlier reggae-fans the Clash by rewriting their "London Calling". A real step forward. --Dominic Wills

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ragga metal, how can you complain!? 10 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Most excellent. Dub war are back with a new bassist under the new name of skindred. This album is teaming with great ragga rap, very varied singing and even the odd scream. The vocals are really what makes this album for me, they really bring the music alive and that coupled with crushing riffs and in places very technical drums makes for an excellent album. From start to finish the album shows how music doesnt have to be the same as everyone else and there is still plenty of scope for new pathways. Each song on the album can only be loosely compared to another. It's very varied. So generally well worth a listen. Highlights for me are pressure and babylon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who be in the area? 21 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
right then this album rocks!!!!
in every sense of the word!!! the music is a bizarre mixture of metal and reggae, with a little punk thrown in here and there.
the reason it all works is this simple....the tunes are top quality. very groovy metal with more funk than you could banga a head at.
and then the real ace of the pack is the singer benji who is quite frankyl scary. the guy can hit notes....perfectly and beautifully and he can do the speedy ragga spitting and then just to scare the life out of you he has a scream that can knock down a wall from 50 yards.
put simply there really is no one else out there who is making music this unique or this well and the best bit is that the whole thing just feels so positive its hard not to enjoy listening to this album it just perks you up and lifts you up beyond everything!!!!
it is also easily one of the most complete albums i have heard in a long time!!!
bring on the next one please!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting re-release? 2 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep it short and simple. I bought the album when it was first released and got confused when I was looking for something new last week. Whilst initially feeling duped into buying the same album, the new songs and new order and... it's actually rather good, nay, an improvement - it completely changes the mood of the album (for the more pissed off you are I suggest the first release)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album! 12 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is for anyone with varied taste in music that wants to listen to something different. A class mix of metal, punk, and ragga. Wicked!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing is Believing 22 Sep 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of those must have albums. Don't be fooled thinking it's just another crossover of two types of music. This album brings you the soft melodic rhythms of reggae/ ragga and the hard hitting agression of rock. To fully appreciate Skindred you must see them live and experience for rawness of their music for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM SLEPT ON 24 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
I had the pleasure of hearing the demos for this album, as I used to be friends with Danite's former flatmate.
Wow.
Skindred were THE band from Wales....rocked the place to its Roots and their first gig in Le Pub blew my ears so bad i could've cried.
It is a real great album made by cracking blokes and deserved to be a mega-smash-hit album and the band propelled to super stardom. They are really that good. Benji has one of the best and most versatile voices i have ever heard in my life, Jeff is a killer guitarist, Ginge one of the best drummers ever. And Dan added such ill basslines. Real ill.
If it wasn't for the other sh*tty "nu metal" bands around at the time stealing the light im sure this would have become a street classic.
RaggaPunk Nation!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! 28 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought the first release of this album a while back, and have loved this band for a long time. I was very keen to see what Benji and co would do after Dub War as I was a fan of that sound.
I bought the second release as any dedicated fan should, and found the new songs to be like the rest...AMAZING!
If you want to hear something heavy, but tastefully different, go buy this album. It mixes Metal and Punk with elements of Dancehall and D 'n' B. Odd mix I know, but damn, does it work well!!!
Go. Buy. Now. NOW! :D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Babylon 10 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw Skindred live in concert and since then I've been acquiring their albums, this one is my favourite so far. Definitely worth buying, you won't regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good
of the few albums i do have this is by far the best, some pretty awesome songs on here, definitely recommend
Published 14 months ago by emma_b_13
5.0 out of 5 stars Skindred Babylon
There's not much needs saying here. This is a brilliant album, by a brilliant band - its self proclaimed 'ragga-metal-punk-hip hop', so it's an album for everyone. Read more
Published 18 months ago by PhilB
5.0 out of 5 stars birthday preasent
my son was really pleased to get this for his birthday, I have not listened to it so can't comment on it.
Published 22 months ago by J. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever...
I appear to have bought the Skindred collection in reverse order...
Union Black is amazing, but the further back I've gone - the rawer the music gets. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by J. Clipston
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Babylon
A Fantastic album from start to finish one you can really let it all out with, not a single track lets it down. A Welsh Dub Raga sensation, a Must buy.
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by DitaVonKittie
5.0 out of 5 stars See them live!
I loved this album - my first intro to Skindred (I know I'm a late starter!)
Just seen Skindred live at HMV Forum and they were fantastic - 'Nobody' performed live is NOT to... Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by LeeJW
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome just awsome
I have liked these guys for sometime now but never bought this album (and still havent as it was my friends xmas present) I have there latest album shark bites and dog fights i... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by Andy C
5.0 out of 5 stars Skindred - Babylon - Special Edition
Like it says on the tin 'Babylon'. I haven't stopped listening to it since it arrived. I also think the additional CD with the acoustic tracks is a nice bonus. Worth every penny! Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Mr. T. Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars You want to get blown away by a big man with dreadlocks?
I've seen them live. They were very good, but the album is much better because it goes together like cherry pie. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2006 by "magnificentmelon"
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