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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Music Review: Galactic – From the Corner to the Block

Music Review: Galactic – From the Corner to the Block

Reggae-infused hip-hop that blows away any other single hip-hop album I’ve heard so far this year (yes, that includes the new Atmosphere). The energy is high, positive and substained throughout the entirety of the album. The tempo does slow on tracks like Second and Dryades, but it feels like a good mix-tape rather than a a halting change.

Guest MC’s the likes of Lyrics Born, Chali2na, Juvinile make the beautiful instrumentals that Galactic were already known for explode. When I reviewed The Easy All-Stars’ Radiodread, my chief complaint was the excessive guest artists that created a disparate feel throughout the album; this is quite the opposite with this album. Every change is refreshing, but not in a jarring way; the musical styles even vary between tracks. Bounce Baby is a very jazzy instrumental track that sort of pulls you back in from the lyrical assault provided by Chali2na on Think Back before pushing you into a very rock-and-roll, rage-against-the-machine-esque track (Hustle Up).

The additional influences that can be heard include rock, blues, jazz, reggae and ska. They’re blended beautifully for the MC’s to flow with (not over).

Pretty much amazing.

4.5/5

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