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Swollen Members Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B00005R5DH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prevail and Mad Child are SICK! 14 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the truest and best hip hop albums around. I saw them live in Canada and they were amazing. i have never been so hyped by a live hip hop performance. Naturally i immediatly went to the local record store and bought Bad Dreams straight away. I would like to single out a track but they are all hot! With productions by the Alchemist, insane cuts by DJ Babu and some quality voice from Moka. Prevail and Mad Child are a perfect pair, it is nice to see some original sounding lyricists out there and also some original lyrics; real hardcore but easy on the sex and violence. If you like true hip hop get this album or get Bad Dreams and DIE!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swollen classic 13 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
I highly recomend this album if your into your hip hop on the independent tip as this then trio Madchild Prevail And dj/part producer Rob the viking take your on a trip through there thoughts with some of the tightest production and structured lyrics out there . A must buy help spread the word about the members and pick up there other joints balance ' monsters in the closet 'and heavy and you also gotta check out all the artist's on madchild's label battleaxe trust me this group will change the way u feel about music ................
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5.0 out of 5 stars exelent 1 April 2013
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Swollen in there creative prime ripping it up with great lyrics and amazing beats all great tracks on here moka shines with vocals and prev and madchild really do there thing. this is really creative hip hop away from the guns and gangster stuff but by no means soft just a great real hip hop record with mass appeal and underground success this album was released on mad childs battleaxe records and went platinum witch is some achievement a great record for any hip hop fan
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen Carefully! 19 Oct 2004
By Donella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whoever thinks "Deep End" is about suicide should really listen carefully to the lyrics. Whoever thinks MadChild doesn't listen to bars should consider that maybe MadChild doesn't give a [damn] and considers that his style. I love Bad Dreams as well as every one of my Swollen CD's. Each MC's style is unique: Prevail is brainy. MadChild uses ancient and fantasy based ideas. Bad Dreams is the cd that you pop into the cd player in your car during a long midnight highway drive. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AwEsOmE! 28 Oct 2002
By "steppin_thru_" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bad Dreams is one of the hottest albums out there! Ok...Not to be rude or anything, but that person that said the song Deep End talks about suicide is WRONG! The song Deep End is talking about Swollen's late night recording rituals. "Working late night, not that we hate light, just feels right, that's when tracks come out tight." Sorry, but how do you get suicide out of that?
I'm a HUGE Swollen Members fan, and this is a must have for any other Swollen fans out there. Swollen Members are themselves, not influenced by a major record label. They still keep their underground vibe, even though they are becoming more and more well known like many mainstream artists.
Like I said, you got to get this album!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You Must Be Dreaming To Give It More Than 3.5 6 May 2004
By Cuzz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Underground rap label Battle Axe Records has become somewhat like Rawkus Records through time. They started out with a couple of unique acts and dropped some strong compilations. The label built strong connections with other underground cliques and groups. For Battle Axe they were Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Dilated Peoples, Freestyle Fellowship/Project Blowd, and the Visionaries. As Rawkus grew they started to become less underground and a little more mainstream. With Battle Axe centre piece group Swollen Members, it looks as though BAX is headed in the same direction. Now artists gaining mainstream exposer and exploring new territory aren't bad things by themselves but both those things can be taken wrong directions. On Balance the collaborations S+M chose were for the most part hip hop legends (Del, Everlast, Divine Styler, & Aceyalone). On Bad Dreams they option for more contemporaries (Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5, Planet Asia and their Battle Axe worriers). On Balance their turntablists as well (Kut Masta Kurt & Mix Master Mike), now on BD they employ slightly newer Djs (Babu & Revolution). On the production end, Zodak who handled 5 songs on Balance is now no where to be seen. Paul Nice who made the beat for "Lady Venom" their first hit of any size is gone as well. Alchemist plays a smaller role as does Kemo. Nucleus who I have never heard of takes three songs on BD and co-executive produces the album. Soon to be Swollen Member Rob The Viking does a whopping 7 beats on this one, surprising since he wasn't on Balance. Luckily Evidence still has three productions like the last album. I'm all for artists expanding when it's done well (Outkast, Common, Snoop Dogg). When Swollen does it they just don't sound as original as they once did. If this was a step in positive evolution I wouldn't mind so much. If their latest albums indication "Monsters In The Closet" and "Heavy" all they care about is cliched lyrics, corny hooks and flossing and partying. This is by no means a bad album it stays true to the core of S+M but gives them room to breathe, but it has flaw. I'll get to the breakdown now though...
Take It Back ft/ DJ Revolution ~ This is the first experience of Rob The Viking production on the album. While the first couple of tracks sounded a little different than what Swollen delivered before it was similar and I enjoyed it. This shocked me when I first heard it. The production is actually up beat, almost downright happy. It uses a repetitive steady guitar lick, some spacey keys thrown in, nice effects, and horn snaps on the hook. Mad Child and Prev stay intact lyrically. Their trade off verses in the middle are the best the song has to offer with Mad Child being the nicest. Revolutions scratching is ill on the hook and end of song too.
Bad Dreams ~ Alchemist comes in on the boards to help bring that classic S+M ish to life. Prev 1's opening has to be the best part of the song with paranoia and nightmarish thoughts. Alchy uses amazing bass and chimey spooky keys for the beat with crumbly and explosion effects to round things out.
Ventilate ft/ DJ Babu ~ A very amusing and creative joint springs up right here. Prevail and Mad Child trade verses insulting each other and airing their grievances. They describe and show how in a group it's important to be open about things and speak your mind so in the end you can come together to make beautiful ish. The lines are sort of done like an interview, real kool. Label associate Joey Chavez does the production. He basically uses a funky wobbly key board bop and some nice crowd and percussion effects. Babu's work on the tables is fairly understated but are a welcome touch. Check out this verse:
Mad Child: "/Man, I can't believe I have to go through all of this again, I gave you your position/
Prev: /What, I thought we were friends?!/
/I didn't ask, you offered, you're short-tempered and demanding/
/It's my energy on stage that makes our show so outstanding/
Mad Child: /Look, when we first hooked up, my first thought was you're a pansy/
/You couldn't rap on beat, you little four-eyed geek/
Prev: /Yeah? And at the club there's a reason we don't hang out that much/
/You're double-fisted with two Heinekens actin like a lush/
Mad Child: /That's better than a leech, I tried to teach you to be tough/
/I guess it's hard to squeeze strength out of a cream puff/
Prev: /Oh you're rough?/
Mad Child: /Yeah, that's right/
Prev: /Hey, let me pass you a pen/
/So you can fill an application at the Hair Club for Men/"
Fuel Injected ft/ Moka Only ~ Swollen Members real breakthrough single. They didn't really sell out or anything for this to become a hugely popular song in their native land of Canada but it damn sure is catchy. Moka adds his smoked out singing to the hook and Kemo/Concise do their best version of DJ Shadow's "Organdonors" for the beat. Mad Child & Prevail drop strong boastful rhymes throughout the song and Moka's sung verse is a good listen too. (Saukrates remixes the beat and drops a verse on another version of the song at the end of the album)
This is Swollen's best commercially accessible album by far. It's a nice bridge between underground and commercial. I think it would be better if Moka & Rob stayed out of the group, Although I love Moka his solo work is much better, but its nice if he collaborates. Rob I don't mind him handling a beat or two but when he does most of the album he adds an unpleasant effect. Oh well what can a guy do, 3.5. Peace, Love & Soul...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and yet disappointing 26 May 2004
By Justin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was really impressed with the quality of beats and music that this album produced. Prevail was outstanding and his flow was amazing. The song "Deep End" is easily one of the best hip hop songs I've ever heard, the flow, lyrics, beat and sound all work together incredibly well. However, the rest of the album is heavy with great beats and solid lines from Prevail, but Mad Child doesn't seem to count bars well, or even at all. There are parts in several songs in which he seems to delay, to set something down, but he doesn't continue with anything that ties together his rhymes. There are several songs in which pauses would be okay if done well, but he is without cadence or any sembelence of counting the beats or bars at all. There are several really good songs, like "Killing Spree", "The Reflection" and "Ventilate" that could be made into amazing songs with a bit more work. This album, if the timing on the lyrics was better, would easily be 5 stars, as the beats are some the best I've heard, and "Deep End" is one of the top 5 best rap/hip hop song I've heard.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sophmore Jinx, I wish it wasn't true. 3 Dec 2001
By DJ-H-OS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I believe Swollen has caught the sophmore jinx. After listening to Balance this albam was a let down for me. I don't know what happened to Mad Child on this one, he sounds wack on almost 50% of the album. His lyrics are too simple, everything just sounds wrong to me. Prev 1 on the other hand has surpassed Mad Child, I think he holds this album together along with Rob the Viking. Everyone who has the Balance album knows Mad Child is supposed to be the better of the 2 lyrically, on this album instead of his skills increasing they have decreased. If you guys (Swollen Members)read this, don't missunderstand me I still liked the album I just wish the old Mad Child was back, thats all. Due to the fact there is a good amount of bangin tracks like Full Contact, Dark Riders, and Killing Spree, I give a reasonable 3 stars, which is not bad.
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