The four hundred and seventy-fifth album: #475 The Specials - More Specials

There are a lot of different things going on in this album, with strong ska tracks alternating with poppy rock tracks and the whole thing becoming a mishmash of directions that reflects the friction in the band. There are a lot of strong, engaging fun tracks to listen to, even as someone who isn't a fan of the ska sound, but it really comes down to the individual tracks - the northern soul tracks like Sock It To 'Em J.B. in particular stand out. It's the second side that starts to peter out, as its focus on easy listening pop tracks leads to a point where there's less value in the songs - it loses its hooks and with that, my interest in them.