Having followed the Skints since the release of their first EP, I was desperately looking forward to this album, however I have funnily ended up feeling left short changed by the Skints.
I accept that the second album is a very difficult panda to produce, fan's have an expectation of what they should be delivered and bands generally start moving in a new direction, which is what has happened here. So whilst always being a ska/reggae band, they have retained their reggae style, but cut the punk guitars that gave them a fantastic edge. I could live with this if the whole album had the pace and slick styles of the first couple of tracks, but the album tails off in the middle with almost soppy love tracks, which reminds me of how the King Blues went off the rails from raw to wet (and rubbish).
However, the Skints are still far from rubbish. The album's production is first class, the word play is more advanced (Josh and Marcia are excellent) yet Jamie seems to have lost his edge which made the first album so intense.
Partly what has led me to feel that I have been mis-sold the concept was the release of 'Up Against the Wall' prior to the album. This was a brilliant track with, that word I keep coming back to, an edge, that got me very excited about the next album. But to explain the difference between expectation and reality, I would ask you to listen to that, then the new album version. It is a solid example of the change in styles.
I admire the Skints for producing their album through pledge and everything they have always done. This is a good album. But, in my opinion, whilst it is well made, produced and delivered, it lacks a little bit of what made the Skints so great...