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Never Better [Limited Edition]

P.O.S.Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Most of P.O.S' recent album was written in a moving car. On it, he raps at full-clip to ride rolling drums and revving distortion. There's an urgency that he keeps in careful check, and then unleashes for spring-loaded verses that represent his best work. P.O.S built his reputation as an innovator, with an unlikely punk rock past and expressive, honest content. He re-earns the ... Read more in Amazon's P.O.S. Store

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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B001NJY5EE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let It Rattle
2. Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)
3. Savion Glover
4. Purexed
5. Graves (We Wrote The Book)
6. Goodbye
7. Get Smokes
8. Been Afraid
9. Low Light Low Life
10. The Basics (Alright)
11. Out Of Category
12. Optimist (We Are Not For Them)
13. Terrorish
14. Never Better
15. The Brave And The Snake

Editorial Reviews

The follow-up to 2006's "Audition" enters a room like a bombshell; impossible to ignore. Feedback and relentless drum rolls are only occasionally tempered by sung choruses and clean, chiming guitar lines. With an unlikely punk rock past and a growing hip-hop fan base, P.O.S. proves he's a rapper with range. Limited edition artwork includes lyrics and transparent digi-pak that holds sixteen solid and six transparent inserts allowing the consumer to configure their own personalized cover art. Initial pressing only.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Category February 3, 2009
By Exxxxx
Format:Audio CD
I've never been a huge fan of POS, I've seen him live a few times over the years, and while I thought he was a nice rapper, I also thought he kinda just blended into the sea of talented under-exposed rappers out there. The only reason I picked this up was because there's not much else so far this year to look forward to and the limited edition artwork was interesting. So anyway for some reason my local record spot had this on the shelves a night early so I grabbed a copy since there was nothing else that looked remotely interesting and I'm very pleased with my impulsive buy.

1st off, the beats on Never Better sound far better suited for POS than the stuff he was working with (that I've personally heard anyway)on his other albums. Production credits name Lazerbeak, MK Larada, Paper Tiger & the man himself who handled the majority of the beats (all from the Doomtree collective) and they all seem to be sharply tuned into POS' vision for this album because they delivered perfectly.

Alright, so lyrically POS is in top form here, and his delivery is razor sharp. I've heard people complaining about his delivery, and after giving this a solid few listens I have no idea how they get there. This dude is a beast, and he's strictly talking about real life topics here. If you want fantasy raps about flashy cars, spending money like a fool, or any of that other nonsense most rappers these days constantly babble on about then look elsewhere, you're certainly not going to find any of that here. So on the same token we've got plenty of rappers out there riding on the common man persona which can be just as boring as the dudes rapping about their cars, shoes and their harem of gold diggers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.25 Stars! Never Better? True! February 26, 2009
By SRP
Format:Audio CD
POS is a rapper! I have to get that out there first and foremost. People seem to want to classify him as punk rock, pop, or a number of other things due to the fact he has some fresh different music behind him, but he is a rapper true and true.

I am not familiar with is previous work, but his work on "Never Better" is very solid! As a rapper the man has a good flow and a style that is a little abstract, but you can still relate to. That is what sets him apart on the mic as he manages to be abstract but still gets his point across so it is very accessible.

Musically the man hooks up some dope stuff here. On some songs it does have rock feel, other songs have a pop feel, and still others really can't be classified. He works well with the music and it is definitely something most rap fans have now heard before.

So far, one of 2009's best CD and worth the purchase if you are looking for something new and fresh!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be any Better! February 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Alright so I've been a POS fan for a while now and when I heard he was finally releasing another album I was extremely excited. Finally February 3rd came along and I got the cd... and it's just amazing. I appreciate how real and meaningful his lyrics are on every track. There's no fake hip-hop lifestyle crap on this or any of his albums. His word are extremely real and from the heart. Also the beats on this album are crazy with his mix of rap and punk that just seem so hard that they want to make you get up and start something. I definately recommend this album for anyone who wants meaningful and inspiring rap, unlike the stuff you hear on the radio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark from Colo January 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a huge P.O.S fan since I first saw him live at paid dues. I own all three albums, and this is definitely his best one yet. I was a fan of the first two, but there were always a couple of songs that weren't as good as the rest. With this album, every single track is great. After the first listen, I was not that impressed, it was good, but not great, but the more you listen to it, and catch every lyric, and have time to catch the amazing beats, it gets better the more times you listen to it. P.O.S is definitely one of the most individual, unique rappers with the way he blends so many different styles, and makes it all his own, and then absolutely kills it lyrically. One of my favorite albums ever for sure. If you are even a little bit of a hip hop fan, and want something different, definitely get this album, you will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding March 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This new release from P.O.S. eclipses most other contemporary hip-hop; it just exudes originality and raw energy. His blend of intelligent punk acerbity and soulful hip-hop produces a sound which is unlike anything I have heard before. A very solid, innovative hip-hop album; a new style which one can consider truly post-modern hip-hop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is True Punk/Hip Hop February 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Forget the Shop Boyz who don't really know anything at all about rock/ punk music theory (nor hip hop music theory lol) but just want to appear different than the rest of the crowd. Forget all the kids you see who are all of a sudden dressing like "rockers" but also know nothing about rock/punk music in general and are just following a fad phase that will soon pass. P.O.S. is the real deal, a fella who ACTUALLY grew up and lived everyday in the two parallel cultures of Hip Hop & Punk, and I have to say I can relate to his words very closely.
I don't do the download thing much, I still actually buy CD's (so I guess I'm old school now) and I went through quite a deal of trouble trying to find amongst the last remaining record stores in town who was holding Never Better. When I finally found it, it was all worth it because P.O.S. really fills his shoes and Hip Hop/Punk vision on this album. He has managed to seemlessly blend the two genres to create something you have never heard before you heard him. Necro has attempted to blend hip hop and metal but P.O.S.'s attempt to blend two opposite genres just feels so much more natural.
I have added a new song to the very short tracklist of my life's soundtrack and it's "Out Of Category". He explains the life of a black kid into punk and skating who is socially caught in between a rock and a hard place.
All the beats here are eccentric and proves P.O.S. upgrades his repertoire everytime he puts out something new, and his lyrics have never been more genuine than they are here. It's still a little early in the year to name Never Better a classic, but it's definately a nominee and the best album of 2009 so far by far. Buy Never Better right now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars swivel thoughts
very good to mix feeling with expression on vocal beats are ok rhymes are fairly good for me this was a 4 song long cd but to each there own I liked this cd so if you want pick it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by keegan hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh god this is amazing
This album is great and I love it. Listenable, with clever lyrics and meaty subject matter, which is sort of exactly what I look for in rap. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Al French
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip hop fuzed with punk rock
P.O.S' 3rd album "Never Better" continues the Doomtree members innovation in the hip hop world. There are plenty of great tracks on this album with highlights like "Low light low... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ntjimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
P.O.S. rarely disappoints and he certainly didn't here. This album comes together with premium production as well as writing and performance. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Thomas R
5.0 out of 5 stars P.O.S.' Best.
First of all, if you are a P.O.S. fan already, this album is a must have. I got introduced to P.O.S. when he toured through Indianapolis at a theater I was working at. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brendan Flood
5.0 out of 5 stars pure original talent
killer album front to back. flowing, intelligent and original beats interlaced with captivating lyrics. p.o.s. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by Ron
1.0 out of 5 stars No
The Drumroll video/song did not prepare me for the wordy suckfest that is "Never Better." I am not trying to hate, but this has way too much of that "rappping about rapping" thing... Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Jason Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars POS is the Call of Conscience
Years ago I saw POS opening for Atmosphere, around the time Audition came out. I liked him a lot and listened to Ipecac Neat, but wasn't really ready for it. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Zen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very strong album im places but falls short in some places.
I got this album after wanting a different style music then i typically listen to, which is rock mainly. Read more
Published on April 6, 2010 by Benjamin Goshorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hip hop
If you haven't heard of P.O.S., check him out. While his style may not be for everyone, he does a great job of blending punk and hip hop styles better than anyone else I've heard. Read more
Published on January 2, 2010 by Junkmonster
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