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ARTIST
TITLE
Power In Numbers
FORMAT
2LP

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CATALOG #
UMG 24242LP UMG 24242LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/12/2016

2016 reissue. "Like a few other notable sophomore records from hip-hop acts (De La Soul Is Dead, The Low End Theory), Jurassic 5's Power In Numbers is darker than their first full-length; not as fresh and exuberant, but much more mature and intelligent.... Displaying a focus and intensity basically unseen in rap music during the past decade, the group practically bursts with message tracks; the skeletal first single 'Freedom' finds Chali 2na and Akil delving into the concept as it relates to everything from Third World poverty to the American penitentiary system. 'Remember His Name' and 'Thin Line' (the latter with Nelly Furtado) are dark tales of urban passions, and they're a step forward in that it's not just the raps that are intricate, but the storytelling also requires a few listens to understand. The group still has plenty of time for a few old-school anthems like 'What's Golden' and 'A Day at the Races,' with Big Daddy Kane bringing his alliterative ammo to the track. And the instrumental jam 'Acetate Prophets' shows DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist refining their skill for merging turntablism and excellent productions. Perhaps the best statement of Jurassic 5's purpose comes from the group itself, on 'If You Only Knew': 'What we do is try to give you what you ain't used to.'" --John Bush, All Music