Date Of Birth - Arsonists
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  • Summary: Brooklyn underground rappers the Arsonists are back with their self-produced second album, following their 1999 debut "As The World Burns," which was also on indie-rock label Matador. The group is now a trio, following the departures of Freestyle and D-Story.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. While the album lapses occasionally with a couple of patches of redundant production, Date of Birth is a strong follow-up from a crew who keep it real by nature.
  2. Some of its strongest work to date.
  3. Date Of Birth doesn't reinvent hip-hop, but it mines considerable rewards just by operating within the style's familiar confines.
  4. The sample-based backing tracks, hard-hitting but plain, don't have much choice but to play second-best. [Jan 2002, p.74]
  5. What's lacking on Date Of Birth, though, is any sort of excitement. [#212, p.75]
  6. 50
    Much of the album fails to make sparks. [Nov/Dec 2001, p.142]
  7. Date of Birth is packed with hard-driving, repetitive beats that are equal parts Wu-Tang Clan and Gang Starr, yet the music lacks either of those groups' charms.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  1. Mig
    Jul 1, 2005
    10
    Good album. Check out Freestyle's "Etched in Stone" and Q's "Vengeance is Mine" too.