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Meteorites Dub The Mighty Dragon

On paper, the Meteorites sound awesome-dancehall-flecked British pop influenced by the Neptunes-but the reality is quite another story. They're more like an '80s-new wave reaction to the aforementioned names. Their debut's crisp, synthesized production lacks both dancehall's punch and the Neptunes's sharpness, while the vocals strain for quirky, offbeat pop hooks ? la Pharrell's NERD stuff, but don't really swing or yearn. They do pull off some offbeat, catchy lyrics on the playful "Milkman" and the vampiric "Dracula." Indeed the beats are headscratchingly uncategorizable-not hip-hop, not dancehall, not dub, just pop funk.

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