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This album ain't so special,
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This review is from: They Live! (Audio CD)
Ever since I first span Evil Nine's 2004 offering "You Can Be Special Too" I was hotly anticipating the follow-up. Four long years later and it seems that the predominantly hip-hop orientated debut's memory has been dragged through the proverbial mud. I was instantly disheartened from the first electro chord.
I'm not adverse to a concept album, and being a fan of both the Zombie genre and Evil Nine I expected a hip-hop album with darker undertones than its predecessor. However although the production and even the sleeve artwork by Dan Mumford impress, the album itself falls well short of living up to "You Can Be Special" - of which every track is a straight-up blinder.
This album screams "Difficult Second", and is reminiscent of RJD2s follow-up to Deadringer, where a stunning debut is butchered by a lacklustre, second rate second album.
Even the great El-P's contributing track could barely salvage what is a generally disappointing, almost euro-disco album.
We can only hope that Evil Nine return to their solid hip-hop roots with their next album and salvage what was a solid underground reputation.
If you're having a Halloween party, this is the album for you. For the other 364 days of the year, stick with the first album or the cracking Fabriclive compilation.