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4.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent, after some playlisting editing..., 12 Oct 2009
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S. E. Gould "Simon Pachu" (Bristol UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Race Against Time (Audio CD)
First things first, before listening to this album, import it into iTunes and delete 'The Olly' and 'Too Many Man'. While entertaining and catchy as hell, these diluted 'club grime' party bangers detract from what is a fantastic, hard hitting and very developed piece of art. Wiley is heavy and intense throughout, each track piling on the pressure from the distorted, grinding 'Head Banger' through the breathless, exhilerating 'Off The Radar' right down to the classic 'Music I Like'. Personal, direct, the man packs in a solid grime performance with the best tracks being straight, breathless freestyles where he spits fire all over the detractors. Hummer activity and Off the Radar are prime examples. A couple of weak tracks -but only in comparison to the aforementioned masterpieces -toward the second half lowers the temperature somewhat and lightens the heavy, dark mood throughout.

Like I said, if the above songs were omitted then this would be the closest thing Wiley has produced to a definitive, consistent artistic statement and would, in my eyes, blow any of the pop that Dizzee has produced away. No, this isn't mainstream, it ain't radio-friendly. This will, however, be remembered in years to come and I think a lot of people will discover its gritty production, insistent rhythms, classic bars and tough attitude that reek of integrity. Wiley earns his respect with this disc. Even the compartively lightweight 'She's Glowin'(remix) is a classy slice of electro-pop, well produced and thoughtfully vocalled with a cast of the current scene's most promising luminaries and established heroes.

The Olly and Too Many Man are mixtape affairs -suitable for tacking on to the end of an album, or maybe as b-sides or something. Maybe because Skepta included it and they were going head to head on release day Wiley felt he would lose out if the popular BBK tune was absent. It is fun to listen to a few times but is totally out of place here.

I only hope that, listen Wiley, one day a reissue will omit or relegate these tracks. I took them off my ipod and when i listen to this CD it leaves me totally exhausted with its power.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album yet !!!, 12 Jun 2009
This review is from: Race Against Time (Audio CD)
This is the Best wiley album in my opinion yet closely followed by The Da 2nd Phaze All the songs a sikkk

She's Glowing
Livin' It Up
Eyes Of The Lord
Hummer Activity
Off Da Radar
The Olly
I Was Like You
Race Against Time
Too Many Man
Where's My Brother
Out Of The Game
Bang
Zip It Up
Average Worker
Time Flies By
Music I Like

this is a Griem album not like See clear now !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the eyes of the Lord, 28 Nov 2013
This review is from: Race Against Time (Audio CD)
Just listen to the track 'Eyes of the Lord' and you will know why this man is so respected. Wiley's got barz for days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it., 18 Dec 2011
This review is from: Race Against Time [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
It's quite good really. Solid grimy grime. The highlight is of course, too many man. With it's catchy hooks and witty lyrics, it alone makes the album worthwhile. Don't know about the other songs though...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 50/50 with Playtime is Over, 8 Oct 2010
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S. Michaels - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Race Against Time (Audio CD)
For me its so hard to pick which album is better for me, but this album is such a good Album by Wiley, if you loved "Playtime is Over" you will love this. To Understand my review title is i am 50/50 which album is the best one he has done out of "Playtime is Over" and "Race Against Time"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bars forever and ever and EVER!!!, 2 Nov 2009
This review is from: Race Against Time (Audio CD)
Wiley sounds like he's never gonna run out of fuel!! If you listen carefully you'll notice that most of these tracks were recorded in 2008 and this albums only just dropped now in late 09.. 'Off the Radar' is an amazing example of Wiley's lyricism and energy (at 30 yrs old now) and demonstrates just why he is probably the best in Grime ever!! Not many pepes would disagreee, and if they did they'd put either Ghetts, JME or Skepta in 2nd place, right?! Get this album, it is not a waste of dough..!
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