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Let's get it out of the way: Public Enemy are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a good reason. 25 years, platinum and gold records, and no signs of slowing down. If you want to judge an album based on the group, you can stop reading right there: Public Enemy is worth buying, period. And if you're a hard-core fan from way back, you don't need me to say anything to you; you've got a better-informed opinion that I have. But if you're like me and you're getting to know PE, I'll break it down.
This is not a reunion tour or a bit of nostalgia by a group only sticking around because they have no other way to live. This isn't a best-of collection. This is the eleventh studio album by a group still innovating and yet staying true to their roots. It's just as charged as earlier works. Age has brought wisdom, but not a softening of the anger against oppression and injustice. While much of the album (as with all Public Enemy works) deals with the problems of race, class, gender, sexuality, and money are addressed as well. Some people have criticized the lyrics as being played out; I couldn't disagree more. Expressing a consistent theme is not the same as having nothing original to say.
Overall, the album sounds great, to my untrained ears; it may be that it's a victim of the scourge of compression that audiophiles have been decrying for the past decade as producers squash dynamic ranges and tailor sound to digital distribution.Read more ›
If you've ever heard a PE album then you know what to expect here. From the start of the album you're blessed with a sound that we've all grown to know and love. With that said, it still sounds fresh. It doesn't sound recycled or outdated, it sounds like a modern day Public Enemy.
This eleven song album runs at around around 48 minutes and you have Chuck D talking about the usual; politics, race, and music. Overall it's just really refreshing to hear an album like this. The production is excellent and honestly it's what had me coming back for more. That's not to take away from Chuck D's lyrics, but they aren't the strongest we've heard from him.
There's also a couple of guest appearances on here. You've got Brother Ali, Z-Trip, Bumpy Knuckles, Large Professor, Cormega, and DMC. Each one bringing a verse worthy of being on a PE record.
Standout Songs: "Get Up Stand Up (Feat. Brother Ali)" & "Catch The Thrown (Feat. Large Professor & Cormega)"
Overall Score: 8.5/10 - As I said before it's just really refreshing to hear an album like this. Especially in a time where a lot of the OG's are trying so hard to fit in with what's popular right now. I can't wait to see what they bring on the other new album coming out later this year.
Looping throughout this album are conversations illustrating the albums theme,extending on Chuck's famous line from the PE classic "Fight The Power",for which this album received it's title. Naming such figures as Rose Parks,Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz the album extends from there onto a potent,live and fully funk infused musical setting across "Get Up Stand Up" recorded with Brother Ali,"I Shall Not Be Moved","Get It In" and especially on the captivating "Catch The Thrown" and "Truth Decay",my personal favorites here. On these numbers Chuck D makes it clear for anyone not in the know how ethnic,sexual and economic prejudice are still intertwined into American society as much as they were when PE made their first album. Only the lives of Americans tends to be too fast to notice. This is reflect in "Fassfood" and the epic closer "WTF?",as Chuck scratches his head basically at the state of affairs still too present around him.Read more ›
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Another Great album from the Rolling Stones of Rap music! Public Enemy is my favorite Rap group ever! They are still relevant after thirty years in the business.Published 10 months ago by The music man
WERE SHOULD I BEING LETS SAY I AM A HUGE CHUCK D FAN AND PUBLIC ENEMY FAN THIS CD IS GRAMMY NODS TRUTH DECAY,HALL OF FAME RAP OF ALL TIMEPublished 19 months ago by ENEMY1
Love the album. Same old Public Enemy I grew up on. :) Great album cover also and in the digipackPublished 20 months ago by William Hernandez
If you are a 'true' fan of Public Enemy then get this album. This is just as hot as their earlier albums with an updated sound and rhymes. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cottonhead Jones
Public Enemy is great musically and Chuck D's lyrics, rhymes, cut right to the heart, right to the chase, right to the bone, right to the struggle. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Eric M. Mann
I don't know what else to say except that their latest offerings (in addition to "Evil Empire...") are phenomenal! Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Orlando A. Velazco
I purchased thies for my son. He loves the group. Had trouble finding it any where else. Reasonable (although a little pricier) than other places. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by donna mcclellan
Public Enemy has done it again. This is the stronger of the two albums released this year, according to me anyway.Published on May 12, 2013 by ronjustron