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Double Think [CD]

Akala Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Illastate
  • ASIN: B003E24CAA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry 17 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I can honestly say that this is probably my joint-favourite Akala album along with 'It's Not A Rumour'.

Upon first and second listens I was really taken aback by the direction and feel of this album. Akala explores many issues, including consumerism, race, social conditioning, religion and more. What makes this such a great album are the inspirational sprinkles of influence throughout the lyrics and production. From Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead and Public Enemy to George Orwell!

The production has a mature, experimental and bold direction, along with a strong core of social commentary throughtout; "Tired of everyday filling up my car and knowing that I'm paying for the bombs in Iraq/Tired of pretending like it don't hurt my heart, of wanting change but not knowing where to start". Akala explores the ideologies of dystopia and it's a real eye opener when you hear him speaking on various issues that are never normally broached by rappers. The influences are vast and varied and you can really feel the development of Akala as an artist on this album. His ongoing maturity is evident on the track 'I Don't Need'; "Maybe I'm getting old but I feel like it's ok to be vulnerable, to be upset, to admit that I ain't the biggest man on the planet."

If you are used to listening to mainstream Hip-Hop, then you will be shocked by the unique and 'different' sound that emerges. The honesty here is penetrating; "The oppressor must suffer like the oppressed, though I pretend I'm in control of this mess/By inflating my ego, puffing my chest I see my weakness and need to show strength/For what we think strong is cos if were honest, true strength is the strength to be honest" and can surely only be rivalled in the mainstream by artists such as Eminem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doublethink doublethink yes we can! 17 Aug 2010
By Autumn
Format:MP3 Download
At points Akala's new album "Doublethink" really translates his anger and energy but has instrumental interludes inbetween to break it up, making this a really intense album.

The tracks on this album are varied in style (using piano pieces, electro beats, spoken word parts) and also varying in speed from the slow "Peace" or "Find No Enemy" to fast-paced such as "Thick Skin", and in this way is less uniform than the previous album Freedom Lasso.

The lyrics are brilliant, interesting, personal, and designed to make you think.

I laughed during psycho where he says "I know what it is that's got me so violent lately... it's all this classical music I've been listening to!" What a joker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality album - must buy 10 May 2010
By Pones
Format:Audio CD
Akala's 3rd release is confident and every track's quality. Many different influences on show... he's not just your bog standard grime artist. Some tracks are heavy and Prodigy-like, others have elements of nu-metal... while others are very melodic. But it's in the lyrics and delivery that Akala really does stand out from the crowd. The album may not be as commercial as many others out there - but the album deserves multiple listens. Stand out tracks are: Psycho, Xxl, Yours and My Children & It's Not That Serious.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it 27 Aug 2010
By grace
Format:Audio CD
quite different from his previous albums, got lots of different influences in there, very talented rapper, great tunes, can't wait to see him live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Think Twice 2 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Personally, the problem with commercial music is either one of two things, it sends out the wrong message to the children of today or it sends out NO message at all to the children of today. I hear so many songs on the radio that rave about subjects regarding sex, money, violence, drugs, "bling" etc. Just to be clear, I'm not just talking about hip hop/rap, I'm talking about all genres of music in general.

This album however, does none of those things. This is not hip hop or rap at its finest, this is MUSIC at its finest. Akala has not only managed to produce an album which is pleasing to the ear in a musical sense, but above all, the lyrical content is second to none. Before the case is even opened the front cover tells you that this CD isn't going to 'conform to the norm' as it were. 'Doublethink' is a word from George Orwell's book "1984" (read it!). Its meaning, "The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously and accepting both of them to be true", e.g. "We can bomb peace into the world".

Nevertheless, don't be fooled into thinking your in for a smooth ride, your not. Intentionally so, the albums begins with fast paced songs which pack a punch that awaken anyone who thinks this is going to be a walk in the park.

A short piano intro, unsure of itself and at times eerie, develops into robust, crashing piano keys, as if lost and in need of finding there rightful place.

'Welcome to Dystopia', 'Faceless People' and 'Marathon Man' quickly jolt you out of your comfort zone and bring important questions to light.
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