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Protest Songs 1924-2012

The Specials

Protest Songs 1924-2012

Second album from the reformed Coventry ska-punk trio Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter featuring protest songs by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley, The Staple Singers and Talking Heads

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  1. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Ghost Town was a chillingly prescient chronicle of the climate in which it was made, and 40 years on it’s The Specials, once more, fashioning a compelling soundtrack to troubled times past and present
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    The Coventry band know a thing or two about politicised tunes, and here they delve into music history to reimagine some of the best
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The stripped-back production adds a sense of immediacy and places focus on the fine vocals of hall and Golding, plus guest vocalist Hannah Hu. Print edition only

  4. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Protest Songs is not likely to prove as much as a career renaissance as their last album Encore did, but it’s an interesting and moderately successful little detour from a band who are probably well overdue their ‘national treasure’ title
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  5. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Results range from the radio-friendly but obvious to the obscure but not a word out of place. Print edition only

  6. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    A pertinent release from a band who steadfastly refuse to roll over and die, or put up with the deplorable racism and ignorance of our frighteningly fragmented world
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