Celebrate the Bullet
Of the four main bands of England's late 70's ska revival--The Specials, The Beat, The Selecter and Madness--I've always felt The Selecter had the most coherent and least commercial sophomore albums. \"Celebrate the Bullet\" is full of great songs (the title track, \"Red Reflections,\" \"Deep Water\" and \"Cool Blue Lady\") that retain the tightness and discipline of the ska in their first album while adding complexity and varied tempos. They avoid the stylistic confusion of The Beat's \"Wha'ppen\" or the voyage into lounge that you find in \"More Specials.\" Both of those are strong albums, yet Bullet stands out. It sounds and feels like a clear and definite direction. I'm not sure why they didn't go on to greater fame. Maybe it was the post-ska malaise that led to the Romantic movement and the rise of New Wave. In any case, do yourself a favor and buy this album. It's a lost gem, on par with Fishbone's \"Truth and Soul\" in the \"This is awesome. Why didn't they become huge?\" department.