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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. Positive: 8 out of 11
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  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    An album very much worthy of The Specials' name. [Mar 2019, p.118]
  2. Feb 1, 2019
    80
    From the very first note Encore is superb, a joyous, addictive experience. Remarkably, it’s everything we’d want from a Specials album in 2019 and more.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. Feb 4, 2019
    69
    It’s danceable, sure, but there’s a sinister edge, and the album spans more than just your classic ska and reggae beats. It’s easy to listen to, easy to get lost in. Music to fight the power by.
  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