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Artist:  Crypto Star
Label:  Hapi Skratch Records
Time:  10 Tracks/40:32 minutes

Bootie Time

Crypto Star's record label markets them as ska, but their new album Time actually has a much jazzier feel to it than one would expect.  Their songwriting is fairly good, but the production and mixing leaves much to be desired--on many of the songs, the vocals and guitars (usually heavily distorted for some reason) are buried deep in the mix, leaving the listener annoyed and disoriented.  The best track is a slow number, "First Sight."  Warning:  conservatives may be offended by the language on a few tracks, most  notably "Jam Sammitch."

Michial Farmer  3/14/2000


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