On her third album, the former Nickelodeon star sheds the cute popstar image, adopting a message of empowerment that rings true
A deeper, more revolutionary group than [a]Goodie Mob[/a] would be hard to find, even if [a]World Party[/a] is the rap quartet's concerted attempt to go global.
The grooves are pretty funky, thanks to Organized Noise and a host of other producer/ programmers, who retain a sense of dance music history and refuse to relax into formulaic hit-making. Nonetheless, the playground call-and-response put-downs of 'What It Ain't (Ghetto Enuff)', with a feisty TLC helping out, will see Goodie Mob insinuate their way into public consciousness in a way '97's 'Still Standing', unreleased in this country, couldn't.
They're creative with their slang, too. Like, what exactly does "Cutty Buddy" mean? 'Chain Swang' exhorts listeners to enjoy themselves, but who gets the subtext? At least the low-key 'ICU' has the relatively simple double meaning of 'I see you' and Intensive Care Unit. Not that opaque language will deny Goodie Mob their time to shine. Which is right now.
A smarter and more mature film than the first Bad Neighbours, albeit one that still loves a good dick joke
A satisfying return to Verve form that’s also a churning maelstrom of death, riots, revolution, terrorism and two-faced politicians
Oscar Scheller’s been compared to Blur and Elastica, and that sounds about right
Medium-sized guests and the vibey sounds of tropical house combine on an album that's not quite euphoric