There’s a short list of great dance albums, and even the legends, like Basement Jaxx or Daft Punk, have trouble padding a full record beyond a few slamming tracks. And Guns Don’t Kill People ... Lazers Do suffers from the same hits-versus-album filler problem. Major Lazer, a fictional Jamaican commando and DJ, is the new studio project of super-producers Diplo (of M.I.A. fame) and dubstep star Switch, and they’ve concentrated their international-sounding beats on dancehall and reggae to mixed results. The hits (Santigold-featured “Hold the Line,” “Keep It Goin’ Louder” and the most traditional reggae track on the record, “Can’t Stop Now”) are huge, but the rest is only for the hardcore. Disappointing. C+
Major Lazer ft. Santigold & Mr. Lex: Hold the Line (from RCRD LBL)
from the album Guns Don’t Kill People ... Lazers Do
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