I'm not sure i agree with the first reviewer that "you can be special too" was predominantely hip hop orientated - in fact i think thats pretty misleading as i while some of the vocals were undenieably hip hop (of which this album has an about equal amount) the overall tone of that album wasnt really hip hop, it was much more electronic and breakbeat.the only two tracks on special that i would consider hip hop would be earth and pearl shot, everything else seems various flavours of the aformentioned styles. Stuff like hired goons, you are not through, we have the energy, lovers not fighters and even crooked (especially in instrumental form) i think fall into breakbeat/electronica
There is a lot on this album that's instantly recognisable as evil nine from what they set down on "..special too", i was apprehensive to start with about checking it out as a lot of the reviews said it took a few listens to "get it", but i found i got it straight away. It just works really nicely. They've thrown in new idea's and not deviated that far from "...Special's" sound, the beats and bass are instantly recognisable. I would this album was probably more commerercial - but don't let that put you off - in some ways it actually benefits from this, although i get why some people might think otherwise. As a standalone album i think it gels really well, and actually grabs me quicker than special did. As a follow up to a pretty great album, i still think it holds it's own really well, and is well worth checking out. It is more electro than previous work, but it still sounds like evil nine.