Goodie Mob - 'Age Against The Machine'

A joyous, head-spinning delight of a comeback

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  • Release Date 23 Sep, 2013
  • Record Label Warner Bros/The Right Records
8 / 10
In the 1990s, a new Goodie Mob album meant three things: an anything-goes approach, some lyrical food for thought, and an uplifting, familial vibe. After an acrimonious split and Cee-Lo's mutation into a global pop star with Gnarls Barkley, a reunion seemed too much to hope for – but this warm, wonderful record is a joyous, head-spinning delight. Nothing here sounds conventional or pre-planned; even the tracks that most resemble 21st century hip-hop (the pugnacious 'I'm Set', 'Valleujah''s mix of euphoria and portent) revel in strangeness and individuality.

Angus Batey

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