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No Need for Alarm

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1993)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002HDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album at the age of 14, my mind wasn't quite expanded enough to appreciate it. I definitely thought the beat on "Catch A Bad One" was out of this world, but I really couldn't get into his crazy style, which was so different than the rap that I was into at the current time. Now, as a college freshman with an aspiration to be a signed hip-hop artist and a well trained ear for hip-hop, I rank Del as one of my favorite MC'z. This is an incredible album if you are looking for something new(7 years old actually) and thought-provoking. Some of the dopest stuff coming out West!
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No Need for Alarm, Del's second album, remains his best to date (though I still haven't heard enough of his new disc, Both Sides of the Brain, to judge it...). Lyrically, he is unmatched, even today, and his flow is the most consistent of any MC out there. Though the beats on this album are certainly bumpin', it is Del's flow that takes center stage here. Released in '93, this album remains extremely relevant today, something that can be said of very few, if any, hip-hop albums. Del's style is unique and intelligent, Domino's production is tight and doesn't overpower the vocals, and the album's subject matter never drifts into gangsta posturing cliche: all Del's concerned with is rapping and showing off his skills. And I'm impressed. Check out Catch a Bad One, BooBoo Heads, Worldwide, No More Worries (feat. Hieroglyphics crew), Don't forget.... Whatever, they're all hip hop classics
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I'd heard some Del before this album. I had the Deltron 3030 and I'd heard his Gorillaz stuff and I'd enjoyed it quite a bit but it didn't really leave me hungry for more. I had him pegged as one of those left-field rappers that sound like geniuses if you're in the right mood but are unappealing the rest of the time. What I should have taken into account was that Deltron and the Gorillaz were both concept projects, not representative of Del as whole. I finally picked up this album because I'd heard good things and was straying from hardcore stuff into more laid-back hip-hop. When I listened to it, I was feeling it in a way I hadn't felt an album in a long time.

Now Del is one of my favorite MCs. This album showcases everything he does well. He has a very distinctive flow, delivering all his rhymes in a catchy fun sort of way instead of straightforwardly. This would keep his raps interesting even if you ignored the lyrics...but if you did that you'd be missing out. His rhymes are always clever, largely consisting of battle raps but with some storytelling and other things mixed in. Again, it helps that he has a catchy and fun way of saying things. He also spices it up with a slightly more advanced vocabulary than the average rapper has. What makes him so appealing is just his general attitude. Del seems to look at the world in a very humorous light, taking even constant bullets flying and police brutality as just some of life's absurdities. With this style, he manages to be gritty and laid-back at the same time. His voice also deserves mention. Del is one MC who couldn't possibly be mixed up with anyone else, with his thick but smooth sound.

The beats match the rhymes perfectly. They consist mostly of funky jazz loops, with the old-school acoustic drums to match.
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Okay, one-this album is mad tight, who cares what Del writes about, he could flow better about fresh cottage cheese than 50 cent could on any subject. You need to face facts, Del is one of the illest emcees when it comes to flow. Every song is saturated with crazy rhymes and you just wonder how he got so awesome.

Two-The beats are ill! People tell me all the time that this album would be a lot better if the beats suited the songs. Those people are idiots, all the beats fit the songs well, and are constantly incorporating new elements. Catch A Bad One features a cello for god sakes!

Three-This album doesn't show it's age!!! Some CDs that I listen to from this era *cough*nativetoungues*cough* do show their age. (Please don't click no just because of that last comment it's just my personal opinion...) It's easy to say that an album from 10 years ago shows its age, hell albums from 5 years ago show their age. Hip-hop is an ever-developing genre, however it's developing for the worse, and if it shows its age then good! That should be a breath of fresh air from the garbage on the radio now.

All I ask you to do is pick up this CD, and possibly ignore the people I nay-sayed on my comments above. I believe I bring valid arguments to each subject. Pick up this CD, it isn't dumb or aged. It's just a great example of how a flow-master does it.
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It's the same classic 14 songs from my youth, the Hieroglyphics fanatic that I was. Del was about skills back then, the jazz-funk beats provided by himself and his crewmates, the SD50s still resonating. I'm just basically collecting discs on most of what I had in tape form, dinosaur that I am that doesn't like music coming from a phone or a small contraption. I like volume, bass. Simple.
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By A Customer on February 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I got this album back when it was first released, I was in high school at the time. Back then, most people had only heard Del's first full length release "I wish my brother George was here" popular for songs like "Mr Dobalina" and "Dr Bombay". What most people missed were the hidden gems included as B-sides to these songs when they were released as singles. Songs like "Burnt" and "Eye Examination" revealed a side of Del that strayed from the clowning funk style on the full length. Jazz samples took the place of funk and a much more advanced side of Del was breaking from his "I wish my brother..." mold. These B-sides paved the way for Del's "No Need for Alarm" Souls "93 til Infinity, and Casuals "Fear Itself". While all 3 of these albums are an important part of the Hieroglyphics collection, Del's "No Need for Alarm" is my favorite and still stands the test of time to this day.
Del's still going strong, Hieroglyphics rock on...
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