“Reggatta De Blanc” by The Police - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1979Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die external-link.png

TJR says

Spurred on by the success of their reissued “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You” singles from earlier in the year, the Police got deeper into their brand of reggae rock for their second long-player, right down to the descriptive album title, even if was only about 40% accurate with regards to the content. The rise and rise of Jamaica’s recently-born national music form was truly spectacular from ’68 to ’78 and now, by the end of the 70s, white reggae was becoming a new phenomenon all of its own. Mother England was naturally at the heart of the fusion, with the Clash, the Slits, the Police, Ruts, Costello and a whole string of others getting in on the act – not to mention the whole 2-Tone movement. The Police were enormously skilful and were really able to nail down a bona-fide feeling for the genre – they could dub-out or rock-up at the flick of a snare, as light or as complex with the riddim as they felt like being. The album arrived in October ’79 just as the lead single (and opening track) “Message In A Bottle” was making its ascent to the very summit of the UK singles chart. Following that classic starter, the title-track finds the trio flexing their considerable music muscle with licks and tricks galore in their new reggae-rock style. Alas, these are the only two truly worthwhile tracks on side one which all feels a little bit “b-side” by their known standards. This formula generally repeats on side two, with a couple of stone-classics – “Walking On The Moon” and “The Bed’s Too Big Without You” – towering above the rest. Things aren’t exactly dull mind you – it’s interesting to hear drummer Stewart Copeland take lead vocals on his own composition “On Any Other Day” and the piano-dominated “Does Everyone Stare” is at least entertaining for its restlessness, veering between cabaret, reggae and rock motifs with operatic shades thrown in for good measure! Equally unexpected is “No Time This Time” which closes the album by rocking to the max. I’m left wary…

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [04:51] 9.2.png The Police - Message In A Bottle (Gordon Sumner) New Wave
A2 [03:06] 7.4.png The Police - Reggatta De Blanc (Gordon Sumner, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers) New Wave
A3 [03:13] 5.7.png The Police - It’s Alright For You (Gordon Sumner, Stewart Copeland) New Wave
A4 [04:16] 5.6.png The Police - Bring On The Night (Gordon Sumner) Dubbeat
A5 [04:13] 6.0.png The Police - Deathwish (Gordon Sumner, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers) New Wave
B1 [05:02] 9.0.png The Police - Walking On The Moon (Gordon Sumner) Dubbeat
B2 [02:57] 6.1.png The Police - On Any Other Day (Stewart Copeland) New Wave
B3 [04:26] 9.4.png The Police - The Bed’s Too Big Without You (Gordon Sumner) Reggae
B4 [02:38] 5.9.png The Police - Contact (Stewart Copeland) New Wave
B5 [03:52] 5.6.png The Police - Does Everyone Stare (Stewart Copeland) Dubbeat
B6 [03:17] 5.4.png The Police - No Time This Time (Gordon Sumner) Rock

© The Jukebox Rebel 2005-2020 All Rights Reserved