SELECTER: Real to Reel: CD

A mixed bag here. When they stick to the ska-oriented originals, one can still hear the creative spark that made them such hot shit back during the height of the original two-tone thang. Their covers of reggae standards like “Stepping Razor” and “Armagideon Time,” however, pale in comparison to the originals and come off here as nothing more than space fillers and time killers. Maybe I was expecting more than I should have, but when we’re talking about a band with as strong a rep as the Selecter has, it’s kind of hard not to.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)