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Guns Don't Kill People Lazers Do Import

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Audio CD, Import, September 21, 2010
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1. Hold the Line
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
14. Sound of Siren [*]
15. Good Enuff [Cash Flow Dub] [*]
16. Bruk Out [Buraka Som Sistema Mix] [*]
17. Can't Stop Now [Kicks Like a Mule Remix] [*]
18. Jump Up [Thom Yorke Remix] [*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B003YBWPP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Waters on June 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Kaplan-Woolner on July 9, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hale on July 9, 2009
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Buy it, turn it up and stare at the cover art. This is a very good time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alec Rojas VINE VOICE on September 14, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Bell on July 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"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. I was introduced to the dynamic duo Diplo and Switch via Beyonce's 'Girls (Run the World)' track (so sue me), but found that this (Major Lazer) source material easily eclipses Bey's latest effort, "4". Replete with experimental instrumentals, Major Lazer's latest effort is a refreshing addition to the contemporary dancehall/reggae genre.

The first track, 'Hold the Line', begins with a Western intro and switches gears to a heavy guitar reverb which nicely complements the refrain: "Vibrate like a Nokia". 'Can't Stop Me Now' is replete with nods to classic reggae (dub riddim, reggae bubble, etc) and is easily the smoothest track on the album. 'Mary Jane' is devoted to...well...you know, featuring a killer horn section and a great snare beat while rhythmically/lyrically delivered in nursery rhyme fashion. 'Baby' is a track centered around (you guessed it) an autotuned baby and feels like a short lived interlude skit that leaves you begging for more. Finally, the infamous 'Pon de Floor' which some have shamed Beyonce for sampling, but can you really blame her? The trademark snare beat is masterful, coupled with distorted vocals and futuristic sound effects (lazers, etc), equals just plain fun. I can not say enough good things about this album!

I honestly had a hard time finding a track I didn't immensely enjoy. My least favorite is probably 'Keep It Goin' Louder', but only because it sounds like a fusion of contemporary R&B (think Chris Brown) and soca, and remains relatively bland and uninteresting compared to the rest of the CD. The only weak track in my opinion. However, one blasé track out of thirteen is fantastic and at Amazon's price this album is a steal. If you like reggae and dancehall, laced with tongue and cheek humor, then you will love "Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do". A must have!
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