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Trapped Animal by The Slits
Released: Oct 2009
Label: Narnack
With only two members remaining from their Cut days and almost three decades since their last studio album, reggae-punk's archetypal girl band returns, unmistakably identifiable, with their sense of naivete intact, if not quite their sense of genius. Though Ari Up's mundane concerns aren't remotely avant-garde, they seem entirely sincere: grown men who use women to work out mother issues; the 9-to-5 rent-paying grind; kids dealing with peer pressure and school stress. And if the dub backing feels prefabricated now, it's still got some depth, and Latin and gypsy turns break new ground.
Chuck Eddy
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