Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars

While this is a more radio friendly and emotionally connecting album, it still has all the ingredients of a great Hilltop Hoods album. As this is considered the second part of their “Drinking From The Sun” project, which was a light hearted and cheery project it does make sense this has some more emotional and almost dark songs.

The Hilltop lyricists showcase why they are considered by many the height of Australian urban music with wordplay and punchlines to rival many of the world’s top artists. With the more emotional tracks especially, Suffa and Pressure MC both seem to put more passion into what they are rapping and it creates a much more powerful track than if they had kept to their regular flow.

The production is fantastic as it is so different to what is currently floating around the world of Hip Hop. In a land populated with such synthetic sounds, when you hear a proper real life instrument on a track, even if it is suspected it was computer generated, it is a breath of fresh air and can help create a sense of atmosphere. DJ Debris does a fantastic job mixing it together and it really helps to create a smooth listening experience.

Overall this is a fantastic album. While it may not appeal to all the hardcore Hilltop fans due to some of the songs sounding more “ready for radio” than previous projects. However this album is definitely worth a spin or two even for those people as it still has everything that past Hilltop Hoods albums have had, but with the possibility of expanding the audience.

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