Desire - Pharoahe Monch
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8.8

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  • Summary: After eght years Pharoah Monch returns with his new album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Monch makes a lean 47 minutes seem epic in the best way.
  2. Desire is a taut and focused work that energizes, packed densely with typically Monch-like quotables that might take a couple listens to catch.
  3. A magnificent, genre-busting extravaganza specifically designed to make you think and wonder, blink and ponder, hold your head and say, “Damn,” and then pump your fist .
  4. Desire is most memorable as a collection of amazing verses. Not only is there not likely to be better rapping this year, Desire is the kind of album that reminds one of why emcees matter and just how much they can do.
  5. Monch might flounder into familiar indie territory if his music weren't so lucid and lively.
  6. No matter how smartly sequenced these parts are in Desire’s segmented flow, they remain varying nascent coups without one distinct rallying cry to organize the din.
  7. Desire, is a mess: intriguing, puzzling, intriguing and ultimately frustrating as all hell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    10
    I am not a Stan of Pharoahe Monch. Someone just recommended I listen to this album as a must-hear for any hip hop head. At first, I was pleasantly surprised. I waited for the moment when the album takes a turn for the worst that would justify a 79 score, but it never came. Each track is ferocious verse after verse, creative samples, catchy beats, perfecty woven skits. This album is the best one ive heard all year, and Metacritic seems to believe Teflon Don is a better album than this and MMLP. Wow. Expand
  2. KyleZ.
    Sep 11, 2007
    10
    Not quite as good as Ear Drum, but better than Graduation. I think that is the best compliment I can give this album.
  3. RodneyJ.
    Dec 6, 2007
    10
    Easily one of the best, if not the best, hip hop albums of the year and although I am a big Talib Kweli and Common fan this does top the both the Eardrum album as well as Finding Forever. Expand
  4. addiction
    Jul 26, 2007
    8
    Not for the Dumb at heart!! This cd is not only has great beats but it subconsciously have you thinking about concerns and issues without being so in your face (like P.E.). It is great that Monch comes back wonderfully even after being M.I.A. for about 8 years. It is good to see that conscious rap can get great reviews from critics and fans alike. Expand
  5. kyleidoscopeyeah
    Jul 29, 2007
    8
    8.5 This album doesn't blow your mind upon first lesson but if you give it a chance it starts to reveal why its so special. A few listens on and you start noticing all the musical and lyrical "ohhh damn" moments. The album has a nice almost funky vibe to and unlike many rap albums their genuine soul rather than the hard polished aesthetic that is so popular. Best of all the album is both fun and intelligent, tracks like the fun body abay are right next to quite moving tracks like guns draw...definately worth checking out Expand
  6. haloedbmyname
    Jul 28, 2007
    8
    I bought the CD and listened to it on a trip down the coast from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. I was most impressed by the song
  7. ThisIs
    Jul 13, 2007
    6
    This is a test, please forget about it!

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