Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
It's some start. "Do you want to get high?" bellows [a]Redman[/a]....
If the optimum sleazy ooze of the title track was anything to go by, 'Blackout!' (on which The RZA and Eric Sermon are among the producers) would rank as a exceptional offering. As it is, they seem duty-bound to complement each dose of rasping funk and high-paced rap relay with lazy sonic scribbles, including the gauche 'YOU' and the plain tedious 'Maaad Crew'.
Charged, sinister moments such as the barbed wire-lined digital hubbub of 'Da Rockwilder' briefly have you believing this is yet another treasure to add to the hip-hop pantheon. Irksomely, it's not a sentiment which lasts for long, however. Method Man and Redman never fully get into their stride. The lure of the sofa, the spliff and the half-arsed effort evidently proved too strong.
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Oxford's finest flit between gnarly rock and frustrating slickness on an often-brilliant fourth album