Age Against the Machine

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  • Summary: The first release with original member Cee Lo in nearly 15 years for the Atlanta rap group includes guest appearances from Big Fraze, Big Rube, Janelle Monáe, and T.I.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The Source
    Dec 19, 2013
    80
    Allowing Cee Lo to exercise his eclecticism while staying within the boundaries of GM is pivotal to this album's originality and is pulled off in a way that only they could make happen. [Sep 2013, p.101]
  2. Mojo
    Sep 19, 2013
    80
    So out gores the vintage, spiritual sound of 1995's nourishing debut Soul Food and in comes a job lot of dizzying electronica, schizoid stylistic shifts, screeching strings, sonorous sub-bass and beats verging on hi-NRG. [Oct 2013, p.90]
  3. 80
    This warm, wonderful record is a joyous, head-spinning delight.
  4. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    One of the more redeeming qualities is that the album gets more enjoyable with repeated spins, allowing the listener to pick up on minor details that may have been missed before. Although they are elder statesmen by today’s hip-hop standards, Goodie Mob proves to be wise and aging with grace.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Even when AATM feels like it is coming straight out of left field, it is highly entertaining.
  6. Sep 3, 2013
    69
    Age Against the Machine isn’t a seamless reunion--it’s too messy, too bloated (18 tracks, not a single necessary interlude), too Green-centric to feel like a pure collaboration. But in a way, those Perfect Imperfections come with the territory. Even at its worst, it’s a Machine built with fascinating craftsmanship.
  7. Aug 27, 2013
    60
    They thug it up with T.I., rock galactic funk with Janelle Monáe and rap "kiss my intelligent ass" over a Moody Blues sample. The Mob are happily out of step with 2013 hip-hop, going so far as to have nice songs about women.

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  1. Aug 28, 2013
    6
    After a long absence I was looking forward to their return. Although Cee-lo has become a talking head everywhere onTV, fond memories of theAfter a long absence I was looking forward to their return. Although Cee-lo has become a talking head everywhere onTV, fond memories of the Dungeon Family bring back to Goodie Mob. The first single is their strongest on the album. The album is a radical departure from their past work-bordering on experimental. Which I can admire. But this is not what fans have come to like about them. On a whole, 3 tracks were likeable. The rest is garbage. Expand