Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
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Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do CD 13 Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC), Mad Decent DWT70088 878037008821
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do CD 13 Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC), Mad Decent DWT70088 878037008821
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do Digital Media 13 Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC)
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (deluxe) Digital Media 17 Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC)
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do Digital Media 16 Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC)
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do CD 16 Hostess Entertainment Unlimited. HSE-50055 4582214504346
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do Digital Media 13 Cooperative Music, Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC) 5414939435676
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do CD 13 Cooperative Music, Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC), Mad Decent VVR708730 602527087306
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (picture disc) 12" Vinyl 13 Cooperative Music, Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC), Mad Decent WR708733 602527087337
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 7 Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC), Mad Decent DWT70088-1 878037008814
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do Digital Media 14 Cooperative Music, Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC)
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (w/ Lazers Never Die EP) Digital Media 18 Cooperative Music, Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC) 5414939435775
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (w/ Lazers Never Die EP) CD 18 Cooperative Music, Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC), Mad Decent VVR746948 602527469485
Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do (reissue) CD 13 [PIAS] Australia, Downtown (imprint, subsidiary label of Downtown Music, LLC), Mad Decent PIASL156CD 9341004029620

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associated singles/EPs: Hold the Line by Major Lazer feat. Mr. Lex & Santigold
Keep It Goin’ Louder by Major Lazer feat. Nina Sky & Ricky Blaze
Pon de Floor by Major Lazer feat. Vybz Kartel & Afrojack
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000818761 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/159206 [info]
Wikidata: Q5619346 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Major_Lazer:Guns_Don't_Kill_People..._Lazers_Do_(2009) [info]
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To say that producers Diplo and Switch were hot on the underground prior to the launch of this collaborative project is to absolutely nail the definition of understatement. The former broke baile funk in the West, while remixes for the likes of Kanye West and Radiohead established him as a go-to dude for cutting-edge party beats. The latter's exploits in fidget house marked him as an innovator of no little acclaim. Both were swatting away buzz like it was a veritable swarm of pestering bugs; Major Lazer, surely, couldn't fail.

And it doesn't, though the duo's first full-length suffers from wild fluctuations in consistency. At its heart a dancehall-inspired good-times record, designed exclusively with the shaking of one's behind in mind, Guns… jerks and twitches throughout its 13 offerings. These turn from volatile beats and graphically intense lyricism to sweetly swinging lovers rock and sing-along choruses certain to stick in the memory. It makes as much sense, from track to track, as watching every episode of Lost in a random order, the whole as coherent as a slurring night bus drunk attempting to explain to you that the stain on his trousers isn't his doing. But taken as individual offerings, this collection can shine with an irresistible sun-kissed brilliance.

First impressions often stick, so it's wise that Major Lazer present one of their better-known lyrical contributors to the fore with opener Hold the Line. Santigold runs riot across a skipping beat, complemented by Jamaican Mr Lexx - the latter's provocative lines engage with a smirk and a wink rather than any misguided misogyny. As a genre dominated by criticism over its occasionally discriminatory lyrical leanings, dancehall's had its knocks; but Major Lazer focus primarily on the fun to be had within its insistent percussion, playful sampling and compositional immediacy. Elsewhere, Can't Stop Now slows proceedings to a lackadaisical crawl, splendidly; Jah Dan blesses Cash Flow with a dose of Rastafari spirituality; and the Amanda Blank-starring What U Like is more sexually explicit than anything you'll find in a Soho adult store (probably).

At its best Guns… is arrestingly addictive listening, and when it dips one can just skip onwards without fear of dismissing any narrative development. A sequel would be more than welcomed, if its protagonists can find the time in their hectic schedules.