Sound: 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.