Top positive review
5 people found this helpful
on 23 January 2009
I count myself so lucky to have heard of this musical genius.
I would probably be right in thinking that most people don't know who he is nowadays. I first heard of him a year or two ago when the Black Bread/ White Beer album came out.
I bought this album when I was on holiday in Spain, for a bargain. It must be the best thing I purchased last year. I had a good feeling I would like it before listening, and I was right!
From the moment I pressed play I really was taken away, that exotic little guitar riff which opens the song "Umm", it develops into a pop-rock/hip hop crossover which works very well.
The couple of hip hop songs which are on the album are excellent. I thought the mere idea of Scritti and Mos Def collaborating together was unbelievably cool, and the music of course is too,- "Tinseltown to Boogie down" is sooooo catchy!!
This album couldn't really be categorised under any genre, which I always feel is a good thing. It drifts between hip hop and pop and sometimes has a small taste of rock. "First Goodbye" is a beautiful ballad with a chorus i seem to keep humming to myself.. A few people probably don't like "Here come July", as he goes all out punk on this one. For a second I thought it was a Blink 182 song until I heard Green's voice. It's great fun.
A few people felt disappointed by this album, and others felt it took a while to grow on them. But with me, it was an instant hit. For me, it was something completely new, a wonderful direction to take my musical interests. The album is full of interesting melodies and is bold in the attmepts to crossover genres.
I count myself lucky that I hadn't heard of Scritti in the 90's because I would have had to wait 11 years!
I would reccommend this to anyone that likes Scritti Politti, give it a few listens and it should become an utter joy to listen to, as it for me!
I would also reccommend White Bread Black Beer...
I LOVE SCRITTI!!!