- Audio CD (25 Nov 2002)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD
- Label: ATLANTIC
- ASIN: B00007DPHL
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
First, with "Crossroads", the North London-estate crew cover a cult US R&B hit to kick start their career (see Another Level, Liberty X) and then onto the hip-hop tinged ballads such as the plodding "Love On The Line". In the Beginning is a very sweet stocking filler of middle of the motorway tracks (check out "The Love Song" and "I Belong To U") and slightly tougher garage-pop such as "All About The Music" where whatever street roughness originally resided in the Blazin' Squad is briefly let out. The clean-cut crew is positive proof that boy bands don't die, they just get bigger. And with these teenagers, we've entered the Jurassic age. They're large, lumbering and bound to be wiped out by smaller, more nimble creatures with bigger brains. Check out Blue's new album One Love or Justin Timberlake's Justified for how it should be done. These Blazin' boys are all smoke and no fire. --Jake Barnes
I think it is true to say that you either love them or you hate them... considering that my cousin called them quote "a load of gorillas jumping up and down" in reference to their Crossroads video I'm guessing that he hates them. The majority of the people in my class also dont bother giving them the time of day. But like them or not these guys have got talent... considering that each of the ten members are a mere 16 years of age... still say they're "Crap"?
Blazin Squad consists of (as I said before) ten members... Flava, Freek (who I think is the best singer of the lot), Kenzie (Gareth Gates lookalike), Krazy, Melo-D (my favourite!), Reepa, Rocky B, Spike-e, Strider and Tommy B (who is the only DJ)
...Its a toss up between Kenzie and Melo-D as to who can rap the fastest!...
Flickin through the pics in the album it really does look as if they are advertising Nike, but they are forgiven because their music is truely great!
Their album consists of 11 songs and a secret track at the end of No 11. The best way to descibe them all is to go through all of them... so...
1. I Understand... one of the slower (if that is possible) songs on the track... everyone can relate to the lyrics though
2. Love On The Line... their second single jumped 34 places in the chart - enough said? surely you've heard this catchy tune
3. Crossroads... Their first single which went to no 1 - I personally think that this is one of the weaker tracks on the album - you've probably heard this as well!
4. All About The Music...
In The Beginning is - in general - a fantastic album, although it suffers from some inconsistency of quality. A number of the tracks (including some of the singles) are notably weaker than others.
All About The Music, Standard Flow, Riders, Where The Music Ends, and the bonus at the end are all top-quality tracks, very original, high quality production, skillful MCing, rhythmically very interesting, and with some amazing bass-lines and hooks. One band member - Flava - stands out as being outrageously talented, both lyrically and in his delivery, and his skill and charisma belie his young age.
Other tracks - particularly the dirge-like Love On The Line - are less impressive (although still listenable). The 'boyband' style pop songs (e.g. Reminisce, I Belong To U, Supastar) are formulaic and, frankly, dull, although I must admit I do still find myself singing along.
In summary, this album suggests that Blazin' Squad have great potential, although it would be better realised by concentrating on their more unique and complete garage style than churning out identikit boyband love songs. They perhaps need to be clearer in exactly what audiences they are attempting to appeal to. All in all, though, definitely an album to recommend, and I'm looking forward to hearing their material mature.