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Just to be honest, I always get a little nervous about reviewing my friends’ work. I’ve known the guys in Grand Prize Winners From Last Year for a hot minute now, even back to when they were a 4-piece. I always try to give an unbiased opinion on a musician’s art. With that being said Rocket People isn’t going to be the next My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but perhaps we don’t really need that. If it’s one thing that The Beastie Boys taught us it’s that sometimes it’s alright just to have some irreverent fun and in that regards this album is much more License To Ill.
Grand Prize Winners From Last Year have always been their own band, if sometimes compared to Outkast, but being compared to one of the biggest and unique groups of the 2000′s is far from the worst thing that could be said. With that being said the band has always straddled the line between hip-hop and rock I was curious to see what would unfold on their long-awaited LP. Would we get the hooky rock-pop of “Electron Blue” or the high-energy numbers like “I Get High”, or would we see the band delve into more standard hip-hop fare? There’s no real answer to the question, not in conventional terms anyways, just more GPW FLY.
The only real problem with the release overall is that sometimes it’s hard to stay in the groove as the band will throw an instrumental piece in like “G.F.U.” or the slower “Overdrive”. But they do make sense overall because one problem with a lot of modern releases is they tend to bludgeon the listener over the head with production. So I do appreciate the band’s effort to break this up for us so we don’t get exhausted halfway through, but I can’t help wonder if they should have spaced out these numbers a bit more.
There’s not much left to say except that fans of the band will not be disappointed, as the band returns with everything you’ve loved about them in the first place. For those unfamiliar with the band….come on I posted 2 videos above! You can download the album from their bandcamp for only $7.99 here and stream it below. The band will be returning to Greenville tomorrow, May 19th at the Radio Room along with We Roll Like Madmen and Zak Rolley. Admissions is $3 and starts at 10PM.
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