Given this two more burns today and am upgrading my opinion from ‘enjoyable’ to ‘absolutely amazing’. Only slight issue I have with it is that I think the lyrics are slightly half baked. It kind of grated a little at first, but after a couple of listens you start to focus more on his delivery (which is basically perfect) and the sound and atmosphere of the record as a whole. After that, everything falls into place.
And those beats. Jesus. Think they might be the best set Organized Noize ever put together. ‘7th Floor/The Serengetti’ is pretty much the standard issue Organized Noize beat (great though it is), but after this they shoot off in all types of directions, but manage to keep everything grounded in the old mysticism/Southern voodoo theme of the record. It’s a genuinely awesome achievement. Also absolutely love the fact that this is the first record to come out of Organised Noize’s then new deal with Interscope, where Interscope gave them $17m on the assumption they’d churn out a few more ‘Waterfalls’ style hits, and they used the money to make a fifty fathoms deep masterpiece like this instead (while at the same time reportedly throwing some of the most epic parties Atlanta had ever seen!).
Overall, top tier Dungeon Family album and top tier album full stop. Not quite on the level of the best work of Outkast and Goodie Mob (what is though?), but not for off. Should be absolutely mandatory listening for anyone into ATLiens/Aquemini or Soul Food. Reckon it’ll only get better with more listens too, given the amount it’s got going on.
So… first time out the listening thread unearths a genuine lost classic. Looking forward to the next one (no pressure!)