Outkast – Idlewild - SonyBMG
Returning from the smash double-header The Love Below/Speakerboxxx, which spawned 2003 s chart overlord Hey Ya! hip-hop s most famous duo faced a big challenge. Although they ve managed to restrain themselves to just one disc this time round, it s crammed
Returning from the smash double-header The Love Below/Speakerboxxx, which spawned 2003's chart overlord Hey Ya! hip-hop's most famous duo faced a big challenge.
Although they've managed to restrain themselves to just one disc this time round, it's crammed with 25 tracks, just shy of 80 minutes long.
It's also a quasi-soundtrack to their 1930s-set movie of the same name, out next month.
It cherry-picks from blues, jazz, hip-hop, rap, soul, pop, electronica and gospel, cheekily hopping from one genre-melding set to another without so much as a by-your-leave.
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Andre and Big Boi have created a disparate but, crucially, coherent album full of slick surprises, hooks and crooks.
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