It's probably okay to chuckle a little when we mention Inner Circle. It's true that, despite their best efforts, they'll likely be forever known in the United States as "The Band That Does The 'Cops' Theme Song." Outside of that, however, they're a perfectly good reggae band, and State of Da World is another fine notch in their belt, as they get a little help from their friends and put together a heavy roots album with a few modern touches.


It's probably okay to chuckle a little when we mention Inner Circle. It's true that, despite their best efforts, they'll likely be forever known in the United States as "The Band That Does The 'Cops' Theme Song."

Outside of that, however, they're a perfectly good reggae band, and State of Da World is another fine notch in their belt, as they get a little help from their friends and put together a heavy roots album with a few modern touches.

Crooner Junior Reid employs a little Auto-Tune for his verses on "Blood a Run"; Steel Pulse's David Hinds drops in to question conflicting faiths in "Religion"; and even though "Smoke Gets in My Eyes" is really "Welcome to Jamrock" in disguise, Damian Marley's bark still commands atop a pounding piano.

Left to their own devices, Inner Circle sometimes fall back to a bit of generic '80s-ish reggae ("Put Love First," "Love Song"), but State of Da World is more than enough to convince anyone that they're much more than "Bad Boys."

Hear samples from State of Da World at Amazon.com.