Jurassic 5-Quality Control (2000)

My Rating: 87% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 61%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 75% (B-)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. How We Get Along
  2. The Influence
  3. Great Expectations
  4. Quality Intro
  5. Quality Control
  6. Contact
  7. Lausd
  8. World of Entertainment (Woe Is Me)
  9. Monkey Bars
  10. Jurass Finish First
  11. Contribution
  12. Twelve
  13. The Game
  14. Improvise
  15. Swing Set

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Craving for some bouncy call and action old school hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s funny, not great, but makes me laugh.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure!

Final Thoughts:

Jurassic 5 is the biggest group that came out of The Good Life Cafe, easily. Their music has made it so far that I heard it in a Bluenotes last year (that threw me off a bit). I’m sure that most my generation has at least heard the name, if not a couple of their tracks. Quality Control is business as usual, honestly, these guys are just so much fun. The most impressive thing on show on Quality Control is their ability to flow from one emcee to another, they work very well together and it’s a joy to listen to. Add that to Cut Chemist and Numark’s cuts and breaks and you have something to hold onto and never let go. Jurassic 5 always makes me happy, because they are keeping Hip Hop alive and maybe, just maybe, we can get a little more of their sound on the radio, probs not, but it’s a nice thought.

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Elliott Smith-Figure 8 (2000)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 69%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 81%

Average Rating: 77% (B)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Son of Sam
  2. Somebody That I Used To Know
  3. Junk Bond Trader
  4. Everything Reminds Me of Her
  5. Everything Means Nothing to Me
  6. L.A.
  7. In The Lost And Found (Honky Bach)
  8. Stupidity Tries
  9. Easy Way Out
  10. Wouldn’t Mama Be Proud
  11. Color Bars
  12. Happiness
  13. Pretty Mary K
  14. I Better Be Quiet Now
  15. Can’t Make a Sound
  16. Bye

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It really fits the tone of the album.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Of course.

Final Thoughts:

A lot of fans really love to hate this album because he quote unquote sold out. I guess the full band really threw fans off, I personally like the bigger sound on Figure 8. Is it Elliott’s best? No, but it’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Whenever an artist changes sounds, even just slightly, it’s a risk and they’re bound to lose some of their fan-base over it. But this is not a sell out album. A sell out album is when an artist makes an album for radio play and gives the middle finger to their fans, and I don’t see Figure 8 that way. It’s more just an Elliott Smith album with a bigger sound, almost like a remix album, but is it selling out? No. Smith may have pissed fans off with Figure 8, but I like to think that he was just trying something new.

People Under The Stairs-Question In The Form Of An Answer (2000)

My Rating: 70% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 70%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro
  2. Crazy Live
  3. Youth Explosion
  4. Suite For Creeper
  5. Sterns To Western
  6. Code Check
  7. Blowin Wax
  8. Give Love A Chance
  9. Stoned Youth Truth
  10. Yehaw Partystyles
  11. Get Drunk
  12. 43 Labels I Like
  13. King Kuff
  14. E Business
  15. Zignaflyinblow
  16. July 3rd
  17. Stay Home
  18. Earth Travelers
  19. The Cat
  20. Electric Laddy
  21. We’ll Be There
  22. Fredly Advice

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Almost asleep looking for really chill hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Super boring, not doing much of anything for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah I’d pretty much buy anything of theirs on vinyl if it was a reasonable price.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make, I got a little addicted to People Under The Stairs and I’m trying to stagger the reviews for them because I’ve pretty much rated their whole discography now. So what do I think of Question In The Form Of An Answer? It’s more of the same, but in a good sense. Fun hip-hop that’s real chill. Potheads would feel right at home with this album, it’s just so easy to put on and go about your business. The downfall here is that no tracks are all that memorable, as it’s really chill and unobtrusive. Also the mere length of this album seemed like a bit of a misstep, 22 tracks, a little much for me. People Under The Stairs are consistent, some might find their stuff stale after a bit, but it strikes the right chord for me so I’m always happy to hear them come on shuffle, wish I’d hear them played at “clubs” more (seriously they’re so easy to dance to).

B.B. King & Eric Clapton-Riding With The King (2000)

Record Review Requested By: Zak Eburne

My Rating: 60% (C-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 60%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Riding With The King
  2. Ten long Years
  3. Key To The Highway
  4. Marry You
  5. Three O’Clock Blues
  6. Help The Poor
  7. I Wanna Be
  8. Worried Life Blues
  9. Days Of Old
  10. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer
  11. Hold On I’m Coming
  12. Come Rain or Come Shine

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Half asleep and need something to not pay attention to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Pretty awful, it’s just really corny and on the nose.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nope.

Final Thoughts:

Riding With The King was an overall boring experience, it just did next to nothing for me. A couple songs were pretty alright, but nothing was really worth writing home about. The problem with it is that they both kinda just jammed more than they actually put an album together. I know it’s dangerous to compare genre’s but when two other heavyweights (Kanye West and Jay-Z) put together an album we got Watch The Throne, a truly amazing album that was full of the two lyricists trying to one up each other. Not the case with Riding With The King, it was just two legends hanging out and kinda hoping something great would happen, it didn’t.

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