Honestly one of my favorite jazz albums/groups. Take five would be overrated if it weren't so good. Paul Desmond really gets to shine without over shadowing anyone else. Also I'm just a sucker for anything outside of 4/4 and 3/4
Not even remotely surprising that the track that has the least to do with the larger sociopolitical message of the album also happens to be the most well known. I'm a sucker for this type of sampling. Really a time capsule more than most albums from name dropping nba players in the league at the time to Rodney king references and plenty of others I already forgot or didn't even catch. Can't get over "down the street" rhyming with "introduce her to my meat." TPAB's grandpa and I mean that as the highest compliment
Sometimes the goofy little guy energy that reminded me of parts of the white album worked and sometimes it didn't. Plastic man definitely didn't work, but there were a few songs that did.
A ton of exciting tracks with plenty of energy held back by some strangely lifeless ones.
I, too, hate suburban sprawl and the lack of identity that capitalism ingrains into every aspect of our culture.
It's been a long time since I've listened to van halen, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Hair metal is all about energy, and extremely few bands could pack an album with so much nonstop energy without it getting extremely old. Eddie and David Lee Roth are insane as always, and eddies brother and whoever plays bass have done pretty solid performances too.
Always good to be reminded just how revolutionary the Stones were at the practice of taking the culture of black artists (mainly blues), watering it down, and presenting it to an eager *white* audience.
Very inconsistent. There's something great about variety in an album of its done well. This one could've stayed a little focused in style.
White British people playing the sitar will always be a little sus to me, but I'll also also always be a sucker for an album that blends genres so well. And folk, rock and jazz with some parts that just sound medieval European make for such a fun combo
Honestly if I were rating purely off enjoyment I might not give it 5 stars, but it's impossible to separate this music from how hugely important and influential it was to the early years of hip hop.
Incredibly fun(ny) shockingly good album. You can't tell me that the rhyme scheme/flow of Packet Man didn't influence Hamilton though