ALBUM REVIEW: The Skints “Part & Parcel”

While it would be unfair to say that vocalist Jamie Kyriakides is the star shining brightest on London based reggae quartet The Skints fan-funded second studio album “Part & Parcel”, but there is something about his textured tone that really draw you in to The Skints latest effort. Seemingly effortless, Kyriakides exudes enticement, teasing with his lyrical twists enhancing the socio-political observations of his group into the mainstream.

The Skints boast a distinct presence. Having supported an impressive roster of distinctive acts – from Gogol Bordello to Bedouin Soundclash, Gym Class Heroes to The King Blues – the London based quartet (Kyriakides is joined by Marcia Richards, Joshua Waters Rudge and Jonathan Doyle) have refined the ability to capture their compelling live set within an eleven track studio album-which is no easy challenge.

The Kyriakides led “Just Can’t Take No More” really hits the nail head on. Kyriakides’ rich yet louche timbre is pitched perfectly to bring the subtle beauty of the charged composition to the fore. The Kyriakides led stripped back, soulfully charged ballad “You Better” closes off proceedings with elegance and class, leaving you hungry for more.

Equally notable are “Rubadub – Done Now”, with its playful and evenly distributed vocal duties induces incessant shoulder shaking and the irrepressible energy of the Richards and Waters Rudge’ led “Rat-at-at”.

The Lily Allen meets Abba-esque “Ring Ring” offers the album’s only flaw. While the track certainly has a spring in its step, it seems to lose The Skints bite and flutters into the distance rather unforgettably.

Boasting a ten track sophomore (let’s just pretend the skip button knows the work its magic on “Ring Ring”) that is distinctly addictive, The Skints have done their fans proud. While the record induces a spring in your step as we head towards summer, it is an album that should be celebrated year in year out. The Skints are only at the start of their recording career and if this is just a taster of what is to come, then here at The Kaje we are struggling to stop salivating over the prospect of album number 3. Add this to your record collection NOW!

Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams 

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