Better than Reinventing Axl Rose, and almost as good as Searching for a Former Clarity. This was my introduction to AM!, and I think it's a perfect album to get into them. Favorite song: "Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists"
Quite possibly the most important voice in hip-hop, this album finds Immortal Technique speaking out on politics in ways most artists wouldn't have the balls to (save perhaps Rage Against the Machine). As you'll hear in the song below, he also has serious thoughts on other subjects too. Favorite song: "The Message & the Money"
One of my favorite underrated bands. Prior to this album I liked what they were doing, but wasn't that crazy about the vocals. Here their singer finally opened up & did some solid singing, though it's possible that this was simply the first album where they had people running the boards who knew exactly how to pull the best sound out of them. Whatever the case, this album solidified my love for PTW & the albums that followed have only reinforced it. Favorite song: "Meeting Again for the First Time"
I really wish this had been released as two separate albums. To be honest I only ever listen to Andre 3000's half (The Love Below) which is easily a perfect 10. Big Boi's disc does nothing for me. Favorite song: "Behold a Lady"
This EP was released shortly after their excellent album Source Tags & Codes, and this was another case where my expectations weren't in the right place for me to appreciate it at the time. I remember seeing at least one review that referred to it as a hangover album compared to the party of Source Tags, which seems about right. Where Source Tags was bombastic and focused, this EP was mellow and seemed really dull at first.
I let it sit for a couple years and came back to it, and by then I was ready for it. Now I've come to enjoy all the songs on it, though I prefer them shuffled in among their other songs rather than sitting through them together.
--from my Albums that grew on me list
Favorite song: "Crowning of a Heart"
the giraffe's rating:
It's not often I find soundtracks I enjoy listening to from start to finish, but these 3 were noteworthy exceptions.
Fun fact: 16 of these were the first album I ever bought from the bands that recorded them, and in all cases I bought at least one more album from each.