This is a strong release from King Magnetic with a lot of replay ability. There is plenty of aggression and energy to help make this an entertaining listen.
The production is great with a lot of easy listening combined with haunting sounds to help punctuate King Magnetic’s messages. The beats flow together very well and help make this a cohesive full listen through. Maybe something a little more pop based could bring in a few more listeners, however King Magnetic knows who his music is aimed at at works well for that demographic.
The lyricism is good, but not fantastic. King Magnetic has a strong delivery that helps boost the impact of his wordplay, but a lot of the punch lands in the themes in the music. There is a chance that some more complex wordplay would help boost the level of detail, but might have lost the impact of the message.
The features are a good selection as they sound like they have chemistry with King Magnetic which always translates into better songs. Each has a style that compliments Magnetics own and helps make better verses for everyone. Maybe some singers could give a little more depth, but this is a great selection of guests.
Overall, this is a rock solid release that is a good addition to King Magnetic’s catalogue. With some aggressive songs and a few softer ones, everyone should give this album a try and more will like it than they might expect.
This album is great for those who enjoy a slightly more laid back and thoughtful project to listen to. While there are some more pumped up moments, this project is great for provoking thoughts with powerful images.
The production is smooth with no moments that sound out of place or forced. 9th Wonder puts hins signiture style all over this with the more melodic beats instead of relying on heavy bass. Maybe more of a balance between the higher energy and the deeper thinking could have made a project aimed at a larger audiance but there is no doubt that what is selected for this is effective.
The lyricism is great with its imagery and ability to settle in the listeners brain. Talib Kweli does a great job showing how he can work his complex lyrics into understandable messages that all can ponder over. Some more songs aimed at energizing the listener could have helped make this a more universal album, but that may have defeated the purpose of such a project.
The features all do a great job of fleshing out this project with different view points on the situations provided. Each puts in a lot of effort to tkeep thier verses interesting and competing with the others for most poignant verse. There are no real issues with the guest selection here, but maybe some more singing features could have added a few more interesting moments.
Overall, this album is great to sit through if you want something relaxing or somehting to think over. Both Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder do a great job on thier seperate parts that come together to make a great project.