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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release in nearly 18 years for the reformed British ska-punk band sees the return of Terry Hall to the line-up.
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  1. The Wire
    Mar 7, 2019
    80
    Encore is Hall’s first record under the moniker since the 1981 single “Ghost Town”, and with guitarist Lynval Golding and bassist Horace Panter in the fold, it feels more like The Specials than anything has in a long time. [Mar 2019, p.59]
  2. 80
    Hall’s deadpan tones offer the same strangely reassuring grounded presence on the opening track, a bullish political anthem Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys. Yet with its slick funk and soul groove, I can’t remember the Specials ever sounding quite so smooth.
  3. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    An album very much worthy of The Specials' name. [Mar 2019, p.118]
  4. Uncut
    Jan 31, 2019
    70
    Encore is a perfectly good record. ... But one can't help but wonder how Dammers' wayward genius might have added a level of glorious unpredictability to proceedings. [Mar 2019, p.22]
  5. Apr 1, 2019
    70
    Encore won't change the world, it won't inspire the youth to fight but it cements The Specials place as vital political commentators with a legacy that can't be understated.
  6. Feb 4, 2019
    70
    With signpost singers Terry Hall and Lynval Golding in place, and Horace Panter holding down the bass lines, the classic sound is fairly intact, as is the spirit.
  7. Jan 31, 2019
    60
    Encore is at its best when it leaves the Specials’ past behind and faces forward.

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  1. Feb 5, 2019
    8
    Good album. A few standout tracks after a couple of listens, particularly the Saffiyah Kahn guesting 'Ten Commandments'. The Specials seemGood album. A few standout tracks after a couple of listens, particularly the Saffiyah Kahn guesting 'Ten Commandments'. The Specials seem just as relevant today as their heyday given that this is their first new material for 38 years. Expand