Desire - Pharoahe Monch
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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
    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

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