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Mutiny Yada Yada

Yada Yada, Mutiny's second album, abounds with straight-line, four-on-the-floor house prosaisms-the dropped melody and pause followed by invading, volume-increasing drum fill, for instance-which would work well as touchstones and historical Easter eggs if the record wasn't otherwise conservative. And yet, glimmers of energy and good ideas give it hot breath: Sweetie Irie's infectious ragga vocals on the best track, "Dem Girls;" the inventive, spare rhythm quirks on "Shock;" the way the looped synth bubbles serenely atop Amrit Rahi's longing, blue vocal hook on "I Need You." But after 2003's quirky In the Now, Yada Yada feels kinda "in the 1996."

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