by MJ Cole
Released: Aug 2000
Label: Island Mercury
U.K. garage didn't leave behind much in the way of long-players; befitting its millennial era, it flared up in an explosion of club hits and radio crossovers and went supernova almost as quickly, its charred core giving way to darker dubstep. But MJ Cole's 2000 album Sincere captured in album form what made garage so exciting at the micro level, stringing together nimble breakbeats, flickering house keyboards and diva vocals to briefly fuse the worlds of pop and clubs. Cole's silky gloss could hover just this side of cheese, but he always kept it anchored by tough, sternum-poking beats.
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