The Quilt [Explicit] [+digital booklet]

September 8, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Digital Booklet: The Quilt

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Release Date: September 8, 2008
  • Label: Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen/ATL
  • Copyright: 2008 Fueled By Ramen, LLC for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights Reserved
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  • Total Length: 58:03
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B001F5W4EE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,909 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This doesn't even sound like the same band anymore.
J. Mitchell
This is another of the various songs that has singing in the begining...and this did not occur in the previous albums.
J. Leon
Would be decent if it came out by Kid Cudi or Drake but this ain't what I paid for.
Truehead698

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Gym Class Heroes are an Alternative Hip Hop group who, much like fellow rappers The Roots, incorporate live instrumentation in their music. "The Quilt" is their fourth album, and like its name implies, is a patchwork of styles.

Lead off single (and current UK top 20 hit) "Cookie Jar" is a lovely midtempo track with synth strings, jangly guitars and features The-Dream. Opening cut is the horn sprinkled "Guilty as charged" featuring English Rapper/Songstress Estelle.

"Live a little" is a bouncy rock song (sung, not rapped), not unlike the type N*E*R*D would do, as is the extremely catchy "No place to run" (nice sixties-sounding harmonies). Continuing that rock vibe (although in a more subtle way) are the raps "Catch me if you can", "Peace sign index / Down" (featuring Busta Rhymes) and "Home" (with a lovely minute long guitar intro).

"Blinded by the sun" is a nice Ska number featurng Patrick Stump. "Drink Txt Romeo" features Patty Crash and is a groovy Rap interspersed with a Reggae chorus Bob Marley would be proud of.

Other standouts are the semi biographical "Like father like son (papa's son)", the piano sprinkled Marvin Gaye-like "Don't tell me it's over" (featuring Lil' Wayne & Dre), "Kissin' ears" (featuring The-Dream again), and the psychedelic-tinged downtempo closing cut "Coming clean".

My favourite Hip Hop album of the year so far...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Je'kob on September 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so where's the rest of the band? This sounds like a Travis McCoy solo project. The bass is pushed way into the back of the mix. The drums are simplified and sometimes replaced by a drum machine. The guitars have been replaced with horns, pianos, organs, keyboards, and synthesizers. Sure, there are a couple guitar solos in there, and you can hear a hint of a guitar here and there, but who knows if those were even performed by Disashi. "Why do you say that?!" Well, just take a look at the album credits for each song. It's ridiculous how many times I read, "additional guitars by..." "all other instruments by..." "additional bass by..." Wow, and this is a BAND?!?!? Did the guys actually play on this or are they just Travis's touring band now?

Considering this is the Gym Class Heroes, this album is overproduced.

Estelle adds a nice flavor to her track. Busta serves the song well. The-Dream is pretty annoying. Akon already does the annoying high pitched voice, and he does it better. And why not have k-os on the "cast of characters?" He co-wrote and sang the hook on "Blinded By The Sun" and he still can't get any love? He just gets a small little "additional vocals by k-os" credit? Alright, alright.

This album is good, definately better than the last one, but I'm just disappointed that they didn't get to be a band on this recording. It's seemingly Travis doing his thing over some third party beats. In other words, the rest of the band could have stayed home. Matter of fact, judging by the sound of the record and the extensive credits, I think they did just that.

I want to hear some stripped down stuff with just the four guys doing their thing. Also, if you like Patrick Stump, he's all over this album. Everyone's all over this album... except the Gym Class.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on September 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD
GCH's new album comes across as confident and fresh, I am a huge fan of the band and am continually impressed by the fact they are one of few hip-hop groups (aside from The Roots) to use instrumentation in their tracks rather than a drum machine (though there are a few exceptions to this on The Quilt). If you liked Cruel As School Children, you'll most likely not be disappointed by this, and you may find yourself liking GCH even more than you did. Recommended highly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"The Quilt" as a whole is a lot better than Gym Class Heroes' last album. The lyrics are tighter, the production of the songs is better and overall, this album is far more fun and enjoyable. What you'll enjoy are the songs such as "Cookie Jar" which marks a slightly new direction for the group as they go with a more hip-hop sound. Does it work? As a whole, yes. For me, this change in musical directions sparked the group's creativity and unlike many groups, they didn't get hung up on one sound or style on each song. Each song brings forth something new and exciting.

The Good: "Cookie Jar", "Like Father, Like Son (Papa's Song)" and "Guilty as Charged" were the stand-out songs. "Live Forever (Fly With Me)" is also a stand-out track for it really spins out an interesting, somewhat sad, story that'll have you hitting repeat just to see if you catch anything new. These were are all fresh, fun, something of a mix between hip-hop and pop. I felt the group hit its stride when they weren't as serious, though "Like Father, Like Son" is a gem both musically and lyrically. It manages to be both a fun song to listen to and rather sincere in sentiment as it comes packed with personal lyrics that really makes the track stand out from the rest. For the most part, I can listen to this CD from start to finish without feeling the need to really skip a track. The strength is really in the lyrics but, unlike the last album, the music itself is exciting and well produced to make this a complete package.

The Bad: There are a few tracks that just didn't work for me. These tracks feel a bit unbalanced, sounding a bit too pop and not really a good fit for the group. These include "Live a Little" which sounds like a throw-away track from the Jonas Brothers, "No Place to Run" which is very upbeat and odd.
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