REPLY, THE: The Complete Collection: 2 x LP

The Reply is not an outfit I had ever heard of until this crossed my path: a double album retrospective of a Washington D.C. band from the ’80s. It features a strong street attitude and a clear love for Paul Weller’s work with The Jam and The Style Council. Although musically it lacks the bite of the former, the lyrics highlight a band railing against injustices and fighting for causes, as The Jam did. I lose a bit of interest when the songs become a bit more polished and smooth, but overall I found this to be a pleasant surprise. Although this is on Reply Records, it is available via Dischord Direct. –Rich Cocksedge (Replay)