MEMBERS, THE: Uprhythm, Downbeat: CD

Sep 08, 2006

This reissue of the band’s third and final album sees them veer away from the reggae-tinged punk of their early years and embrace the world-funk fusion sound popularized by bands like Talking Heads. The result is very ‘80s sounding, with lots of horns and at certain points actually sounding a bit like Oingo Boingo, with more than a passing interest in African rhythms. Although this might sound scary to most, the result is a surprisingly strong album, which actually shouldn’t be that much of a surprise considering how consistently good the Members had been on prior endeavors. This may not be “punk” to some, but it is quite a good listen nonetheless. Fans of ‘80s pop would be wise to note that two versions of the band’s American hit, “Working Girl” can be found here.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)