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Classic Album Review: Buck-O-Nine | Libido

The SoCal ska-popsters don’t shred the envelope — but they might tear it a tad.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


SoCal ska-popsters Buck-O-Nine say they wanted to push the envelope on their fourth release. Well, they don’t exactly shred it — but they might have torn it just a tad.

Without straying too far from the frantic, choppy herky-jerk ska foundation, they manage to spice things up with some slower grooves and poppier melodies, occasionally achieving a Caribbean lilt that recalls some of the old 2Tone acts from the ’80s. Proof that even old dogs can learn new tricks now and then.