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4.1 out of 5 stars

on 16 October 2011
A welcome return for Andy, Dizzy and Einstein. This is their sixth album and still as good as they've ever been. If you're already a fan then you know what to expect, and if you're not you'll get brilliantly funny lyrics expertly fused with wicked samples and beats. This is absolutely miles better than anything in the uk rap charts at the moment (or ever actually). Coming from an Englishman as well. Totally original, these guys have set the bar very high indeed. Top drawer fellas. Best album of the year of any genre hands down.
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on 13 November 2011
First of all it's UD, and they can do no wrong in my eyes, and this is a very good album, BUT I feel that they missed a trick with this as they slipped back into their older style.

For me, the 'Audacity' album was defo their best, mainly because they changed their style with some surprisingly very good singing, and this album should have developed on that. It's still top drawer funky hiphop in the UD style, but I think it was a missed opportunity....some more variety would have been welcomed.
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on 29 October 2011
Yet another classic set from the UD's. Fun and funky, Andy and Dizzy's rapping on this album is amazing, and Einstein even gets a verse (which is probably one of favourite moments). There really isn't a bad tune on this album. Can't recommend it highly enough, and if you like it, check out their back catalogue as well (particularly 'Taste The Secret'). Oh, and go and see them live if you get the chance - best hip-hop act I've ever seen.
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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.
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on 30 October 2011
Ugly Duckling are one of those classic, timeless groups who's music never seems to age. As the guys in the band would say they're FRESH! The new album more than lives up the this brilliant band's back catalogue of excellence. Funky, jazzy hip-hop with smooth flowing lyrics both witty and profound.

Buy it and everything else they've ever done NOW!
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on 12 November 2011
A fantastic hip-hop album, Their albums just keep getting better. It is just a matter of time before they are hitting the charts and breaking into mainstream... Go UD.
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