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Moving in the wrong direction
on 16 April 2013
For my money, UD have been on a steady decline for some time now. Fresh Mode, Journey and Taste the Secret are all stone-cold classics, but nothing since has lived up to the promise. It's not that their music has gotten worse, it just hasn't really evolved in the past ten years (the awful "singing" on Audacity notwithstanding). For this reason, it has gotten so totally predictable that I just find it hard to listen to a track in its entirety. There is nothing bad on this album, there's just nothing particularly good and nothing even remotely surprising.
As MCs, Andy and Dizzy are still more than capable and Einstein is a DJ of rare prowess. The problem with their later albums is mainly in the production. The beats are far too dense much of the time (they love their horn fanfares, don't they...?) to sit with the vocals, almost to the point where you're struggling to listen. Perhaps this is why the clear standout track here is the one full-length instrumental, Einstein Buys a Monkey, which, ironically, has no horns...
It's still fun, it's still very much its own thing and, lord knows, it's still a hell of a lot better than the utter drivel which passes for contemporary hip hop. If you're new to UD, I dare say this may be the best thing you've heard in a long time. But you're still better off with their earlier albums.