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Guns Don't Kill People: Lazers Do

Major LazerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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After releasing their landmark LP Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do in 2009, the heroic production duo of Diplo and Switch found themselves boldly marching forwards toward the end of the aughts, conquering major milestones. Now, as the sole executive producer of Major Lazer, Diplo continues to spearhead the current dancehall revival movement with the upcoming release Free The Universe. ... Read more in Amazon's Major Lazer Store

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  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B0027WNRN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Make Ya
2. When You Hear the Bassline
3. Can't Stop Now
4. Lazer Theme
5. Anything Goes
6. Cash Flow
7. Mary Jane
8. Bruk Out
9. What U Like
10. Keep It Goin' Louder
11. Pon de Floor
12. Baby
13. Jump Up

Editorial Reviews

Major Lazer is the Grammy-nominated super producer duo of Switch and Diplo, best known for their work with M.I.A and the hit 'Paper Planes', as well as production work for the likes of Santogold, Amanda Blank, Bondo do Role and Tricky. Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do is a Reggae and Dancehall explosion just in time for summer, with guest vocals from friends Mapei, Santogold and Amanda Blank; as well as Dancehall mainstays like Nina Sky, Vybz Cartel, Ward 21 and Busy Signal, among many others.

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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAJORLY LAZERY- Diplo and Switch mix it up again... June 17, 2009
By Waters
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Another album packed with jems from djs Diplo, out of Philly, and Switch from England. (FYI-These are the guys behind MIA-"Paper Planes"!!1) The album ads depict Major Lazer as a separate "Ninja Turtles-esque" animation, with Diplo and Switch as there real life selves.
Their wikipedia states that Major Lazer "is a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in a secret zombie war in 1984. He supposedly fights vampires and various monsters, parties hard, and has a rocket powered skateboard."

The title track, "Hold the Line" employs the use of unconventional samples (even a horse "nay") and a slow cowboy intro. Mr. Lex and Santigold mesh together lyrically in a marriage of urban east coast and deep Jamaican vibes. Oh, and the track also has a fantatic video that I hope ends up on every pop channel around: [...]

The album reflects this with the welding of timelessly fly Diplo beats and deeply rooted Caribbean artists and themes. The tracks are crammed full of vocalists such as Vybz Cartel, Ward 21, Busy Signal, Nina Sky, Amanda Blank, Mr. Vegas, Turbulence, Mapei, T.O.K, and evn Prince Zimboo! Afro Jack and Crookers are noted on the production side as well.

Wouldn't call this a "Typical" Diplo/Switch production, definitely experiments with his favorite culture and the genres of dancehall and reggae while adding secret ingredients of great beats. This album will pull fans in from all of those genres and will give every listener a refreshed ear on some of their favorite styles while giving them something extra to dance to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another AWESOME Mad Decent release July 9, 2009
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First off, I love everything Diplo does. I think 'I Like Turtles' is a bit of a better mix, in terms of variety, but I am totally excited for the emergence of "electro reggae". I'm sure this sound won't be for everybody on first listen, but I think it is brilliant. This is party music, hard dancehall. If you like South Rakkas, this is absolutely the album for you. This is a concept album, and a new form of reggae. A must listen!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a crying baby on Auto-tune. July 9, 2009
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Buy it, turn it up and stare at the cover art. This is a very good time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable, but not incredible January 4, 2010
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This album is silly.....really silly.....almost painfully so. It's also the kind of album I would pick up just for the cover (do yourself a favor and google the image). As the side project of electronic mash-masters Diplo and Switch, it's not meant to do anything other than entertain. The most important statement it makes is that the fusion of lazers and reggae music was long overdue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yo son this stuff is mad decent... September 14, 2009
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After spending most of the decade throwing parties, releasing mix tapes, and occassionally dabbling in production, Diplo and Switch manage to live out a record junkie's final dream: collaborating with their favorite artists in Jamaica. Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do is the natural progression from last year's excellent Top Ranking, subtracting the classics and adding fresh dancehall and riddim tracks. If anything, this record is a pastiche of world dance music and its universality today. I do mean today. More specifically right now.

The influence of dancehall and riddim worldwide is incalculable. Instead of plunging into the esoteric, we really get the hits. And the big cats who make them. Mr Vegas lends his voice to the rootsy vibe of "Can't stop now," looping breezy roots reggae till we sleep with smiles. Crossover hit "Keep It Going Louder" has the Nina Skye's reggaeton dripping all over the vocoder. Vybz Kartel lets the rhythm hit "Pod de floor'" for the riddim heads. Like I said, it's about now.

The problems with this record are miniscule in comparison to what it adds to the musical landscape of the first decade of this millenium. "Cash flow" could have been a hit if it was grittier and Prince Zimboo should have given us a full verse on "Baby" but that's ok. I'll take Santigold's cameo and "Can't stop now" riding that Nora Dean track to heaven and back again. Recommended.
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By noizyme
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The minute I saw their YouTube footage from Coachella, I thought, "OK...I need to get into their music more." I love their energy, sounds, and vibrance, especially during a time in EDM music where all of the groups/producers are churning out the same tones and quasi-brostep music from their MPC samplers. This music is fun and diverse, and it reminds me of music released by the Gorillaz or what Basement Jaxx did to house music on "Rooty."

The album kicks off with an Ennio Morricone-meets-Dick Dale's-Miserlou, inspired sample and song, "Hold the Line." Quirky and...different, yet accessible and fun. It continues with the deep sub-grooves and psych-spacey samples in "When You Hear the Bassline." Then...a curveball. The Jamaican space lord demands some roots reggae for his journeys, starting with "Can't Stop Now" and later with "Cash Flow." There's a raucous alt-rock jam with "Lazer Theme" and a fun ode to herb-smoking with catchy worddplay in "Mary Jane."

My favorite song on the albuum is "Bruk Out." Like a play on a classic Indian snakecharmer flute melody or "Dance of the Seven Veils" mixed with an explicit tale of a guy persuing a particularly charming stripper named Jill. I find it completely hypnotizing and chills me out everytime I start stressing in traffic. And I love the percussion throughout this simple song.

But like all genre-pushing artists/groups, there seems to be curveballs that didn't seem to fit the flow of the record. I didn't even know "Keep It Goin' Louder" was a Major Lazer song, and I heard it over the radio on an urban hits station, which is quicker to play something much less cool day after day. Also "Pon De Floor" had a memorable video and decent familiarity to my ears, but I never really liked the song as a casual song to turn to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
For those who enjoy reggae with an edge. This album has a nice mix of artists and riddims, I listen to it frequently
Published 15 months ago by L. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pon de floor!
This vinyl is awesome for so many reasons.. It's Major Lazers first album and diplo as usual is a genius.. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Aaron Pak
5.0 out of 5 stars Murdah dem foes
"Guns don't kill people..." is my first Major Lazer album and I was pleasantly surprised by the range of genres; a trifecta of dancehall, soca and reggae. Read more
Published on July 22, 2011 by C. P. Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Major Lazer - Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do
Crazy fun from Major Lazer on their debut GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE... LAZERS DO. Diplo and Switch have taken dancehall and twisted it into this mutant entity. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of fresh air.
First off, I would recommend watching the music videos to get more of an "experience", and then purchasing the album. Read more
Published on May 23, 2010 by Clint
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid first album for the duo
I first heard about these guys when gizmodo posted their video for "Pon de Floor". The premise for the video's pretty funny and I couldn't stop watching it. Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy creative
There's only one track (keep it going louder) where autotune annoys the hell out of me and it's the weakest track. Read more
Published on August 2, 2009 by Fe Samson
5.0 out of 5 stars Diplo is the greatest
Diplo has got to be one of the best producers in music right now. Everything he touches is golden. Diplo and Peanut Butter Wolf should collaborate on something. Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by Timothy Krieger
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're into it...
If you're into mashups and mixtapes you will love this album. If you don't care for DJ's or electronic music, this probably isn't the album for you.
Published on July 9, 2009 by badwtihnames
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