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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release from the British grime artist features guest appearances from Katy B, Diane Birch, Etta Bond, Chasing Grace, Ed Sheeran, and Wretch 32.
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  1. Feb 11, 2013
    60
    There's plenty of widescreen, orchestral-surge production to match the look-how-far-we've-come sentiment, but Devlin remains most compelling in scowling underdog mod
  2. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    It's just a shame his parochial worldview is often at odds with his music's overreaching grandstanding. [Mar 2013, p.94]
  3. Feb 8, 2013
    60
    His picture would be that much more moving if he spliced his peaks with the occasional trough. [Mar 2013, p.98]
  4. Feb 6, 2013
    50
    Devlin’s talents as both lyricist and rapper are never in doubt, but for all the album’s pomposity and scale, musically speaking, it feels like a big step backward.
  5. His breathless, this-really-matters delivery is ill-served by lines such as "Ain't a fan of vegetables/ It ain't about the peas".
  6. Feb 6, 2013
    50
    The brazen flows of Dagenham spitter, Devlin, shown on this outing don’t quite translate to the forced templates they lay on, meaning that the formula needs working.
  7. Ensconced in the current UK hip-hop trend of being both depressing and cheesy, 23-year-old James Devlin raps about weapons, swine flu and diabetes.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    10
    I for really enjoyed the album. Not as good as his debut but still good lyrically and his flow is sick! Production and features could have been better but overall a good album! Expand
  2. Feb 26, 2013
    3
    This album, featuring the likes of Ed Sheeran and Katy B, is just confirmation to me that grime is now becoming obsolete on the music scene and is sadly turning into pop hip-hop. The decline of Devlin via this album is sad, but just confirms that grime is about to die, and that nothing can be done to stop it becoming mainstream pop music. 3/10. Collapse