4th Avenue Jones - Stereo: The Evolution Of Hiprocksoul

Tuesday 10th May 2005
4th Avenue Jones - Stereo: The Evolution Of Hiprocksoul
4th Avenue Jones - Stereo: The Evolution Of Hiprocksoul

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12936-2535
LABEL: Gotee GTD72955
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

In the past all manner of Christian bands have fused raucous rock rhythms with rap but this is probably the first time a predominantly black band have done so, and marvellous it is too. This team out of Los Angeles have been around awhile and looked like they were making ground with their debut album 'til their record company went bust. Now, signed to hip ol' Gotee Records, everything seems in place to bring their blistering synthesis of R&B voices, uninhibited rapping (both male and female), funkily programmed bits and cathartic rock guitars to click with the mass Christian music public and eventually even crossover to the mainstream. My favourites here are the haunting "Overloaded" with its memorable confession that it's only God that's stopping the singer from going insane, and the hugely radio-friendly opener "Stereo". The only snag in the production, by the band Ahmad Jones and Timmy Shakes, is the linking answer phone messages in between tracks which is clichéd, self-indulgent and quickly palls. But the music here is groundbreaking stuff.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Jenny Intro [Listen]
2. Stereo [Listen]
3. Fabulous Dramatics [Listen]
4. Unhappy Birthday [Listen]
5. Overloaded [Listen]
6. Take Me Away [Listen]
7. Sorry [Listen]
8. Monumental Continental Feat. Grits [Listen]
9. Who's Watching Me [Listen]
10. Caesar [Listen]
11. Why [Listen]
12. Rush [Listen]
13. It's Over Now [Listen]

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Product Description
This album is one of the EMI 'Re:Commended' series, selected in association with Cross Rhythms. Get the sampler CD for just £1.99 with a track from each album!

Reader Comments

Posted by Mark in N. Ireland @ 13:51 on Sep 13 2006

have you heard this??? fresh as you can get, listen to it, love it, let people know about it....

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