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Speakers And Tweeters
Defend Music

Rating: 4/10 ?


May 12, 2008
When The Dub Pistols were formed about a decade ago in West London, they found themselves creating music that at the time had a very fresh sound, with it's mix of hip-hop, dub, techno, ska and punk. Such experiments in creative music making can be thoroughly interesting, but there is also a curse to mixing genres like there's no tomorrow; as fresh as it is at the time, the sound can start to feel hopelessly dated just a few years after being "invented".

Such is the predicament that The Dub Pistols find themselves in with their latest release, Speakers And Tweeters; the band dutifully follows the formula that brought them to semi-stardom a few years ago, but seem unaware that the sound they're creating has a BEST BEFORE 2002 date stamped on it. Barry Ashworth and Jason O'Bryan are talented composers, I'll give them that, but their sound is in a dire need of an update.

From the first song to the last, Speakers And Tweeters is an audio trip back in time, but not in the poignant sentimental way that one might hope. The beats are too big (think Asian Dub Foundation) for the songs, and the mixing of genres feels hopelessly boring (think Prodigy's Fat of the Land). To put it simply, the album is something for major market FM radio, but not for the dance floor of 2008.

Had The Dub Pistols taken a class in contemporary dance and party music, or at least paid attention to the last half-decade of musical progression, Speakers And Tweeters might be a whole different ballgame. Instead, Ashworth and O'Bryan decided to stay in the comfort zone and stick with their once successful formula, rendering the album just plain boring. If the sound wasn't so tired, Speakers And Tweeters would stand as a much stronger effort; the two know how to pen a good song, so there is still some hope for the band. For any future releases, the pair need to bring in a talented producer who is outside their sphere of reference and actually in touch with contemporary electronic music. With a set of fresh ears, there is a strong prospect for The Dub Pistols to make music that sounds original and up to date.

If you want a stroll down memory lane, and I'm talking about a dull and grey stroll filled with "fat" and "big" beats, then feel free to check Speakers And Tweeters out. However, if you want something more contemporary and new, do yourself a big favor and turn your attention towards the French or Norwegians instead, because at the moment, the British dance scene is fairly dead and stinky.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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