Friday, December 26, 2014

Public Enemy's "Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age"

I just got finished bumping Public Enemy's "Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age." I was able to cop this via a great deal on Ebay, plus, believe it or not, it was actually my very first time listening to this; I never got around to checking it out back in the day, but I did hear "Give It Up" quite a bit. Granted, it's not on the level of their first four albums, but it's pretty good; the first half is tight, but there's a noticeable drop in quality during the second half. Chuck D is aggressive and angry as ever considering where hip hop (and society) was at in '94, something he talks about at length on this one, and the production, while not as sharp as previous albums, was good, but nothing spectacular. I do recall this one receiving mixed/negative feedback at the time, but with hindsight being 20/20, I feel a good portion of that feedback was people recognizing that PE's best days were behind them at this point and the album itself came out at a time when hip hop was going through a lot of positive, creative changes on the music front, leaving me to believe that it may have come out a year too late, but then again it's sketchy at best as to whether this would've had similar reactions if it came out '93. Overall, it's not a classic but I'll go with a solid 4 star rating for this. Check it out if you haven't done so already.

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