Aside from Vaughdville Villain and Madvillainy, this is the best Doom album, hands down.
The often short sharp tracks and even a switch up of beat in a track, suits Doom down to the ground.
His voice is the clearest I've heard in any of his albums so far. It really compliments my set up; Onkyo amplifier, bi wired Cambridge audio S30's and an S50 centre speaker, Cambridge Audio Ultra 100 speaker cable.
Doom's content is as crazy as usual; "He's like Worf, some say stronger though". Only Doom would come out with something like that!
I wouldn't say it's brilliant from start to finish, there was 2 tracks and a couple of skit style tracks that I skip. That leaves 13 tracks for me that are briliant.
Also, tyhis album really compliments Reakwon and Ghostface, who I have not liked in an album since their second Solo albums. Yeah Ghost had a couple of nice tracks in Fishscale, but that album was extremely overrated.
Back to born like this; It deserves nothing less than 5 stars. It is quite telling when Doom's voice is so clear in an album. It means he intends it to be one of his main albums. Born Like this, when compared to Operation Doomsday, there is a big difference in voice clarity, delivery and content.
The beats are just class, it seems as if it's the golden era all over again! Indeed, there are heavy samples, which are used perfectly.
I love the fact that Doom can recognise this and hit us with something raw, but done completely professionally and produced perfectly. (By J Dilla)