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Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below

R&B and Rap & Hip-Hop album by Outkast

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OutKast fans definitely had to open there minds on this Album.

  • Jan 2, 2006
Rating:
+3
Splitting up Hip-Hops most dynamic and explosive duo is interesting - however not quite as fulfilling as the two working in unison. That said, if this is the direction the geniuses wanted to go for an album, they have more than earned that right over their years of genre altering rap. I was excited, but nervous, buying an album that splits Big Boi and Andre 3000 onto different albums. I have always felt that the genius of the group was that they kept each other grounded just enough, and kept each other in check just enough to be ground breaking without being too over the top. My fears were confirmed, but it wasn't as bad as I was thinking.

The Andre 3000 album was on top in my case, After a few more listens, I realized that this is one of the most insanely brilliant albums ever recorded. It does take a few listens to sink in, which to me has always been the sign of a truly great album. Nothing truly original should sink in on the first listen. Think about how strange you found Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot upon first listen, and how much it ended up changing what you expect out of music. Picture a Prince album, then picture Andre 300 Just as Big Boi was missed on Love Below, Andre is missed on Speakerboxx. Upon first listen, this is definitely the stronger of the two albums, but what it is missing is the experimentation that Andre brings to the group. That over the top edge that was on Love Below would have greatly improved the Speakerboxx album. Big Boi is on top of his game here though, and even though it is a lackluster album by Outkast standards, it's still one of the best stuff I've heard throughout the years of the genre. 4 stars for Speakerboxx.

I am eagerly anticipating their next move. I can only imagine how great Love Below would have been if it had been an Outkast album, blending their two talents. I do hope that Love Below is a sign of what is to come from the duo, and that they can get back into the studio ASAP and get back to what they do best - working TOGETHER and doing it even better. That is what this is - pure funk. 4 stars for Love Below.

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At a time when experimentation is taboo in most overground rap, that’s all Outkast seem intent on executing. Firstly, this double CD has no cohesive link, other than the fact that it sounds like a pair of solo albums stitched together to demo exactly how Andre’s yin works to augment Big Boi’s yang. Andre 3000’sLove Belowdisc rates as the more eclectic of the two, given that he’s turned in his emcee credentials to become a full-on funk-soul-jazz vocalist who mostly sings about items of love ("Happy Valentine's Day"), carnal lust ("Spread"), and female adoration ("Prototype"). Minus the big band schmaltz of "Love Hater" and cheesy cover jobs ("My Favorite Things"), Andre’s disc is sick (meaning great). As is to be expected, the Big Boi disc is less arty, more gangsta and worldly, and features the less-progressive guest raps of ATL crunk purveyorsLil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz("Last Call") andJay-Zwho rhymes the hook on "Flip Flop Rock". Unlike Big Boi, Andre keeps his collabos to a minimum, once crooning alongsideNorah Joneson the cool yet sappy "Take Off Your Cool", and once withKelis. Boi fulfills his Dungeon Family duty with flying colors by flipping some dirty southern up-tempo raps over electro beats on "GhettoMusick". By the timeCee-Losermonizes on "Reset",SpeakerboxxandLove Belowrate mostly as majestic and inspiring, with the ...
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