AOI: Bionix - De La Soul
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  • Summary: The second installment in the "Art Official Intelligence" series (following 2000's 'Mosaic Thump') features the hit single "Baby Phat" and guest appearances from Slick Rick and Cypress Hill's B Real.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. The trio's most complete effort since 1996's Stakes Is High.
  3. 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.
  4. Loose, relaxed, and enormously enjoyable.
  5. AOI:Bionix takes a belt sander to hip-hop's rougher edges, resulting in refinement, sophistication and undeniable accessibility.
  6. 70
    De La still think and sound like no one else. [Feb 2002, p.114]
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. DWah
    Apr 5, 2002
    10
    Desceptivley aggressive in it's attack on convention in music-industry refinement. Somewhat like a Lexus in the way it tethers raw power Desceptivley aggressive in it's attack on convention in music-industry refinement. Somewhat like a Lexus in the way it tethers raw power by delivering leveraged control deft reflexes and redundant comfort. I can even overlook the heavy moral under-tones. A spponful of sugar and all that. Expand
  2. CCaRRCCaRR
    Feb 17, 2002
    9
    C'mon... Classic DeLa. Smoove samples, great 808 parts, The Reverend Do-Good. Headless Horsemen Weed. And TRYIN" (the last track)A Tribe C'mon... Classic DeLa. Smoove samples, great 808 parts, The Reverend Do-Good. Headless Horsemen Weed. And TRYIN" (the last track)A Tribe Called Quest Cover. If you like any DeLa then buy it you big scongilli head. Collapse
  3. Philw.
    Feb 9, 2002
    8
    Not as hooky as Mosaic Thump, but deep and soulful. The theme that keeps sneaking in - an adulthood well-rounded enough not to eschew Not as hooky as Mosaic Thump, but deep and soulful. The theme that keeps sneaking in - an adulthood well-rounded enough not to eschew adolescent pleasures when they are pleasurable - is as original in hip hop as the musical innovations they became famous for over a decade ago now were. And "Held Down" is as great a song - and sound - as they've ever released. Expand
  4. LawrenceP
    May 9, 2004
    8
    A return to form.
  5. Jean-PaulM.
    Dec 20, 2001
    4
    Any De La Soul fan will feel that this is the weakest and most boring album they've ever put out. I had it for a week and tried my Any De La Soul fan will feel that this is the weakest and most boring album they've ever put out. I had it for a week and tried my hardest to like it. But I hust wasnt feeling it at all. Hell, I even like Mosaic Thump but theres no saving this one. Expand