Golden Rules – Golden Ticket Review

This album is an easy listening project that has a more refined feel. Both Paul White and Eric Biddines do thier jobs well and clearly have great chemistry together.

The production is smooth and silky to listen to without any raw, untempered moments. All the beats flow easily together and don’t make the songs difficult to listen to by jarring at all. Some higher tempo backings could show that the duo can work at more of a variety of speeds, but they do a great job at this tempo.

The lyricism is good and adds a lot to the imagery used in the project. The different techniques used really make the descriptive power very effectiveat bringing the listener into the songs. Possibly diversifying the flows used could make it a bit more enticing, however Eric Biddines uses his vocals effectively to make entertaining tracks.

The choice to only having one feature is good to showcase the duo’s skills together without outside interferance. The guest does do very well and fits well with thier style. Some more features could have resulted in some more interesting tracks, but this choice did work in thier favour this time.

Overall, this is an enjoyable project that is easy to swallow and has replay value. As a debut, this project does well with plenty of room for Golden Rules to grow.

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.