Beats International

Excursion on the Version

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"Everybody get off your feet/And rock to this brand new beat" are the first words you hear on Beats International's second album, and the joke is that there's nothing "brand new" here, not the beats or anything else. Like most disk jockeys, Norman Cook has no problem with commandeering whatever copyrights take his fantasy, so don't be surprised when the chorus to "Echo Chamber," for example, cops part of Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle." Actually, the music on this album isn't as explicitly derivative as that on the group's debut, Let Them Eat Bingo, but it's all generally derivative, especially of all-purpose ska and reggae grooves.

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