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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: All City Music
  • ASIN: B000DZEUA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bang For The Buck
2. Yudee!
3. The Breakdown
4. Left Behind
5. Smack
6. Einstein’s On Stage
7. Let It Out
8. Love the Boom
9. Andy Vs Dizzy
10. Slow The Flow
11. Shoot Your Shot
12. The End Of Time

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By As the stress burns my brain.... on 2 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
OK, so alot of backpackers/underground hip-hop fans might not consider Ugly Duckling the most original thing on the block but they're not out to make music different for the sake of being different. UD are about making old-school style hip-hop that makes you feel good. For me personally this is their best effort since Journey To Anywhere, which is a classic. The best thing I can say about this album is that it really reflects the fun and energy in their live shows. The production by Young Einstein is great as always and even if you arn't a fan of these guys you've got to admire the DJs supreme loop finding skills!

The stand out tracks are "Smack", which takes a playful swipe at jiggy rappers and the whole bling-rap thing, which is clouding everyones judgement about what hip-hop music is all about these days. "Shoot Your Shot" with People Under the Stairs, "Andy Vs Dizzy" and "Einstein's on Stage", which is the third part of an ongoing tribute to the trios DJ...

Having said all that Bang For the Buck still won't touch Journey to Anywhere but I'm definitely glad to hear the guys back on form after Taste the Secret, which was fun but too much of an in-joke for me!
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By meatshake on 24 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Another cracker from the Ugly Duckling boys, not as good as Journey to Anywhere but still a top album never the less. Really funky, funny and just really easy to listen to, its definitely an album you can stick on and not have to keep getting up to skip tracks, they're all that good. Album highlights are Yudee, the Breakdown and Slow the Flow. Their stuff just keeps getting better and better and so original, brilliant as always. top marks guys.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I think I gotta hit ya like SMACK! 15 Jun. 2006
By E. Ahn - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Say you got three white guys from Long Beach in a hip hop group, one of whom is a DJ who wears a big dookie gold neck chain, and whose music sports a catalog of songs about not cursing on the mic, being nice and respectful to women, a fictional fast food restaurant that serves liquified meat, and dreams about cartoon characters. Chances are you'd probably think it was pretty lame. And that's ok, but since their debut EP, it doesn't seem like Ugly Duckling really cares. They're too busy making some of the most consistently great golden era hip hop to really listen to any complaints.

Bang for the Buck is a culmination of why every Ugly Duckling album has been great. It combines the playfulness of Journey to Anywhere, with the themes and production style of Taste the Secret, and the unflagging dedication to old school hip hop of Fresh Mode. Only, it sounds different...and better. Maybe because DJ Young Einstein is on top of his game, making some of the most ridiculously layered beats. Just have a listen to the organ-punched beat of "Yudee" or the drums on "Einstein's On Stage" (with a nice Gangstarr shout out). Maybe it's because Dizzee has stepped his game up by leaps and bounds ever since the Combo Meal EP, with stellar verses on "Left Behind" and "Andy vs. Dizzy". Maybe it's because Andy Cooper is still the anchor that he's always been, throwing out some great bars on the single "Smack!" and the title track. But something about this album manages to click, bringing together all the reasons you love UD, and leaving out all the reasons you may not (e.g. the God references, excessive goofiness, kitschy gimmicks to end the songs, excessive interludes).

But from the moment you hear the gunshot of "Bang for the Buck" until the bouncingly epic final track, "The End of Time", Ugly Duckling takes you a ride that rarely lets up, turning the other cheek to any of the naysayers and pledging their dedication to the playful and childlike glee that comes with hearing your first hip hop record. Listen close enough, and it may rub off on you too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Back to funk 22 April 2006
By Andrew Reifman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ugly Duckling has topped themselves with Bang For the Buck. Journey To Anywhere has that special place on my top albums list, but I'm able to admit that the new UD has definitely shown how far they've come and how good they've gotten. While Taste the Secret was a very fun, upbeat and more unique sounding record, Bang For the Buck sounds like a return that classic funk sound. Einstein kills it with his incredible beats, and Andy's and Dizzy's flows took it to another level. It's hard to say which songs are the standout tracks, because all the songs are awesome with their own different sounds. I'm already waiting for the next album and for UD's return to the states to show off their skills live.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
buy it 23 May 2007
By .jOshua:. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I want to change this review to 4 stars but amazon won't let me.

Production on this album is excellent. Really stellar. Unfortunately there are several tracks I have to skip every time. 3, 5, and 8 are out of the question. See, UD is not a tough band, and on this album they make some stabs at it. I understand their frustration for being so dope for so long and still being underground, but they really aren't good with confrontation. Also, they can get a bit boring. But that's only some of the tracks. The rest of the tracks are close to perfect once you acclimate to their style and really hit you hard. They satisfy an urge no other group can reach.

This album is worth buying. YEs production on half of the tracks is sit up and take notice jaw droppingly great. Worth the cost of admission.

If you're familiar with their earlier work it's amazing how far Andy's rhyme skills have come. From very basic to crazy double time power flows, it's wild. Try as I may I can't learn his bits when he gets going, and it's a rush just to listen to. I always liked Dizzy, a solid counterpoint, but very little on this album connects compared to his earlier work with the exception of track 11, a great posse cut with PUTS. I think it's a combination of his not being quite as on, combined with proximity to Andy's commanding flows, but I don't think it's terminal. He's been great on every other album so I'm assuming it's a one off and I expect more illlness.

In all good stuff, but I stand by my earlier recommendation that the neophyte begin with their earlier work, Journey to Anywhere Taste the Secret(!!) and especially Fresh Mode.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dope!! 26 Jun. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of their most recent albums, Ugly Duckling doesn't fail with bringing hot break beats, jazzy sounds and sick lyrics. All of the songs are good on this album. If you like their older stuff, you will like this too.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worth the Bang for your Buck 24 April 2006
By Michael Noh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
So many reasons why this album is so great! The beats are just so whack and they have their distinct style of rapping it's just unreal! I love it how they change beats throughout the song halfway and then change it back. They are not like the generic rappers you'd hear on the radio. These guys are truly something!
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