Don't Kill the Magic
Released: Jul 2014
Label: Sony Music Entertainment International Limited
The biggest Canadian reggae-fusion crossover act since Snow ("Informer," you remember) follows up its debut single smash "Rude" with a full-length that hews to gooey pop choruses even while tightening tempos, the better to show off its ambitions -- namely, what lead singer Nasri Atweh calls a "modern-day Police." Spiky tracks like "Stupid Me" and "Little Girl Big World" best display that new wave-informed energy, but they mostly remain willing fools for love: not just "I'm gonna marry you anyway" but "I want to swim inside your ocean [wait for it] eyes."