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An Excellent Album That Gets Better With Each Listen But Comes Up Just Short Of Masterpiece Status,
This review is from: welcome to: OUR HOUSE [Deluxe Edition][Explicit] (Audio CD)
I give Eminem a whole lot of credit. He was left in a very difficult position upon signing Slaughterhouse. How does one take a group of emcees known primarily for their technical prowess and lyrical acrobatics and get their sound to appeal to a mainstream audience that has been trained, for nearly a decade, to ignore content in favor of loud beats and catchy hooks? Even more troubling - how do you do that without simultaneously alienating the group's already large and rabid fan base?
Well. Mission accomplished.
Let me open the body of this review by saying this - there are some songs on this album for almost no other purpose than garnering radio/club play and attracting a larger audience to the unique lyricism that Slaughterhouse brings to the table. Those songs range from the tolerable (My Life) to the terrible (Throw It Away.) These songs are going to make long-time fans of Slaughterhouse and its members' solo efforts cringe in horror. With that said - anyone who attempts to tell you that this whole album is made up of that style of song is either lying or just flat hating on the fact that their "cool" underground group has busted into the mainstream.
If this album accomplishes nothing else it stands as a world-class exhibition of just how versatile these four artists are. These guys really can do it all. There is really something for everyone on this album and it is all backed by great production value, powerful beats, and some of the best lyrics you'll find in modern Hip-Hop.
Do you like jazzed up party tunes with up-tempo beats and catchy hooks? Then songs like Hammer Dance, Get Up, Flip A Bird, and Frat House will get the party bouncing and keep it that way.
Are you looking for some summer time "car jams" to blast when you're driving around with the windows down? My Life and Park It Sideways got you covered (and most of the songs from that first batch could be included here, as well.)
Maybe you like more a gritty-sounding "gangsta rap" style? Coffin, Die, and Asylum got you covered.
Do you like soulful music that makes you think and/or reaches in and tugs at those emotional strings? Rescue Me is powerful and Goodbye will leave you bordering on tears.
Long time fan looking for raw lyricism? Relax, it's peppered all over the album but ESPECIALLY on tracks like Our House, Coffin, Die, and Our Way.
No matter what you like, this album has you covered. While it's not perfect, it should be considered a must-own for any fan of Rap music. Oh and don't forget the (FREE!!!) companion mixtape, On The House.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2012 11:38:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2012 11:38:43 AM PDT
The Song "Asylum" sounds more like Horrorcore than Gangsta Rap if you ask me.
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