Skolars / Telegraph

The Skolars Collected: 93-96

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The Skolars (renamed Telegraph in 1996) typify everything good and bad about punk-ska. The majority of the songs are upbeat and danceable, but they also tend to sound similar. The album starts with the promising "Should've Stayed Home Tonight." The song is tight, poppy, and has interesting horn lines. After that, each track sounds less and less exciting. "Head First, Feet First" is generic punk-ska, while "She Cries" is generic straight-ahead ska. The standout track on the album, though, is "Carry On." This song features very generic chord changes, but the horn lines make the song interesting and fun to listen to. The most entertaining parts of this album are the hidden tracks, most of which are inside jokes and prank calls, so the listener can't help but be confused yet somehow entertained at the same time. Throw in an Operation Ivy cover, and you have a non-essential yet entertaining ska release.

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