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Classic Album Review: Artful Dodger | It’s All About the Stragglers

The U.K. duo's two-step garage is artful. Too bad this disc's marketing is dodgy.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Stragglers, indeed.

You might think this is a new disc from the U.K. two-step garage duo of Mark Hill and Pete Devereaux. In truth, it’s a year-old compilation of singles and remixes that’s just being issued in Canada — presumably to capitalize on Artful Dodger’s connection to rising soul-star Craig David. Too bad the dynamic dancedelic duo actually split up last year, which renders the whole affair sorta moot. Still, if you’re a fan of the bouncing-ball beats, rubber bass lines and kinetic, smouldering grooves of U.K. chart-toppers like Re-Rewind, Woman Trouble and Think About Me, there are — sorry, were — plenty of worse acts you could pick than this. Which makes this sort of a reasonably artful disc — even if the marketing is a bit dodgy.