Trapped Animal - The Slits
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  • Summary: This is the first full-length album in over 25 years for the all-girl punk rock band.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Welcome back ladies. The world's more fun with you in it. [Nov 2009, p.114]
  2. It seems borne more out of logical considerations than organic ones. It doesn’t mean the music is necessarily bad, but rather that it’s animated more out of a lifelessness than anything else. It’s undead music.
  3. Die-hard Slits fans who aren't put off by the band's newfound professionalism or the greater reliance on keyboards at the expense of guitar will find their faith rewarded by Trapped Animal.
  4. Up's German-Jamaican patois still sounds youthful, and bassist Tess Pollitt's dub rhythms still vibrate with reggae power. But with the duo augmented by newer, young female musicians, a more playful approach hits and misses.
  5. Animal is a study in patience and makes one pine for the visceral indulgence of the past. [Fall 2009, p.60]
  6. As far as the sound goes, they do nicely when they are respectful of the reggae tradition, when they mix punchy punk vocals and reggae, and, occasionally, when they mix world music styles with the former. The move into a more electronic dancehall style, however, mostly combines with poor lyrics for a one-two punch that may knock out many listeners from the very first track.
  7. Even with slick production the instrumentation is lackluster, missing that rattling punk energy; in their overt politics and complete lack of subtlety, the lyrics are trite.

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