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Posted by: Dave on February 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

POSNeverBetterSound: A challengingly eclectic hip hop album that incorporates several aggressive rock elements (pummeling drum beats, metal guitar riffs, screamy vocals and a lyrical reference and sample of Fugazi’s song “5 Corporations”) and a lone, skittering jungle beat with more traditional hip hop elements (turntable scratches and break beats, vocal samples, creeping basslines, anthemic hooks).
Vocals: P.O.S. often spits with a rapid-fire, commanding intensity, but can also lay back in the groove as he delivers his clever, well-read rhymes that often offer commentary on society and popular culture.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Low Light Low Life”; “Out of Category”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Savion Glavor”; “Drumroll (We’re All Thirsty)”; “The Brave and the Snake”; “Goodbye”; “Let It Rattle”; “Graves (We Wrote the Book)”
Recommended: In the past, P.O.S. showed great potential, but it often felt like he was trying too hard to be different and outspoken. On Never Better, he still packs an enormous amount – both musically and lyrically – into these 15 tracks, but the large majority of the time the pieces fit together nicely. This will likely be one of the strongest and most ambitious indie hip-hop albums of the year.
Grade: B+

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2 Responses to “P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers)”

  1. Erik Says:

    Minnesota hip hop is where it’s at! You should also check out my boys, Nerve and DJ Arkitekt a new group out of Minneapolis that performs a hip-hop indie rock fusion with an album set drop this summer. Having opened for national acts like Muja Messiah and Eyedea, Nerve and DJ Arkitekt are ready to win over new listeners every day.

    Check out their music at http://www.myspace.com/nerveanddjarkitekt

    E-Funk Productions

  2. New Music Nation » Blog Archive » Top 20 Albums of 2009 (Plus 20 More) Says:

    […] 1. The Rural Alberta Advantage Hometowns (Saddle Creek) 2. Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day (Motown/G.O.O.D.) 3. Brother Ali Us (Rhymesayers) 4. Psapp The Camel’s Back (Domino) 5. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love (Capitol) 6. The Mars Volta Octahedron (Warner Brothers) 7. Grizzly Bear Veckatimest (Warp) 8. Jack Peñate Everything Is New (XL) 9. Shakira She Wolf (Epic) 10. M. Ward Hold Time (Merge) 11. Neko Case Middle Cyclone (Anti-) 12. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (Lightning Rod) 13. Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino) 14. Handsome Furs Face Control (Sub Pop) 15. Electric Owls Ain’t Too Bright (Vagrant) 16. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon) 17. UUVVWWZ UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek) 18. Thrice Beggars (Vagrant) 19. P.O.S. Never Better (Rhymesayers) 20. N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo (Anti-) […]

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