AOI: Bionix - De La Soul

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Gone are the hippy, dippy platitudes of their do-good daisy age; replaced by the most bullish beats, the snakiest rhymes and the overwhelming sensation that you're listening to the undiluted thoughts of the three most intelligent men in hip-hop.
  2. The trio's most complete effort since 1996's Stakes Is High.
  3. 90
    An album that's as complex and mature as De La Soul has ever done, but also smooth, polished, and downright soulful enough to capture a whole new audience for these enduring hip-hop legends.
  4. De La Soul returns to classic form relishing their status as one of hip-hop's longest running acts and flaunting their roles as hip-hop's cerebral older brothers.
  5. They again raise consciousness while sticking to the same funky musical path they forged on their 1989 debut. [7 Dec 2001, p.104]
  6. This really is a joy. [Dec 2001, p.121]
  7. Bionix continues the party that began on the first AOI volume, Mosaic Thump, but without the endless collaborations that made that album feel forced.
  8. Loose, relaxed, and enormously enjoyable.
  9. AOI:Bionix takes a belt sander to hip-hop's rougher edges, resulting in refinement, sophistication and undeniable accessibility.
  10. 70
    De La still think and sound like no one else. [Feb 2002, p.114]
  11. 70
    Fortunately, the old pros gel well often enough to keep things rolling -- with some help. [Jan 2002, p.107]
  12. 60
    It simply doesn't satisfy. [#90, p.115]
  13. 'Bionix' has definitely been released at the wrong time of year: it's got chilled summer vibes written all over it.
  14. The new, mature De La means traditional pop over brash artistry, religion over irony, and conformity over the extraordinary. [#215, p.59]
  15. 40
    The disconnect between their always gnarly syntax and the suede-buffed production drains the album's energy. [#4, p.116]

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