International Beat

The Hitting Line

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Musically, the main difference between reggae and its predecessor, ska, is the tempo -- the beats are quite similar, but ska is played much faster. If you can imagine Steel Pulse's slick style of reggae played faster, you'll have an idea of what the International Beat's The Hitting Line sounds like. The racially mixed British band favors a pop-influenced approach to ska that does sound a bit like fellow Britons Pulse at times, although this ska-oriented CD contains little reggae. The Beat doesn't sound like a band that has consciously imitated Pulse, and projects an appealing identity of its own. Tunes like "Are You Ready" and "One More Chance" aren't fantastic, but they showed that the Beat had no problem being fun and catchy.

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