Tuesday, February 03, 2009

P.O.S.: Never Better- Album Review

Never Better is the third full length studio album from Minneapolis-based rapper P.O.S.

Constructing his tracks atop what sounds like real life crashing drums and human-created guitar riffs, P.O.S. tackles hip hop with an undeniable indie edge.  His songs and structures have more in common with indie electro-rockers like TV On The Radio than they do with the hip hop mainstream.

The tracks on Never Better are diverse in sound.  The opener "Let It Rattle" has an eerily gothic rap aura.  "Purexed" sees P.O.S. rap over an almost Mercury Rev-worthy soundscape.  "Been Afraid" draws subtlely on jazz and Far Eastern influences.  Drum rolls and guitar riffs permeate the album, as on the aptly titled "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)".  

That's not to say that there's a dirth of booming beats.  The lead single "Goodbye" would get any dancefloor moving.

P.O.S.'s lyrical delivery is just as in-your-face as the music.  Bringing a punk ethos to his socially conscious rhymes gives his tracks unique appeal among an audience that may not usually turn towards hip hop.  That's even before you take into account the screamed Oi-style backing vocals on tracks like "Optimist (We Are Not For Them)" or the Marilyn Manson-esque growl on "Terrorish".

That's all to say that Never Better is good.  After all, how many other rappers do you know who would name drop Fugazi?

Best tracks: "Goodbye", "Savion Glover"

Track listing for Never Better:
  • Let It Rattle
  • Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)
  • Savion Glover
  • Purexed
  • Graves (We Wrote the Book)
  • Goodbye- MP3
  • Get Smokes
  • Been Afraid
  • Low Light Low Life
  • The Basics
  • Out Of Category
  • Optimist (We Are Not For Them)
  • Terrorish
  • Never Better
  • The Brave and the Snake
7.5

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Anonymous said...

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