Escape 2 Mars - Gift of Gab
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  • Summary: The rapper who was a member of Blackalicious releases his second solo album.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Eleven tracks featuring Gift of Gab's superb rhyme writing, breath control and musical flow just don't seem like enough, but the amount of content he packs into that small space creates an energy density comparable to NOX, fueling this rocketship all the way to Mars and beyond to distant stars.
  2. 82
    Gift Of Gab is assured and even-keeled on Escape 2 Mars--never reaching the intensity of Blackalicious' best work, or descending into the mellow lounge -scapes of "4th Dimensional Rocketships."
  3. Vocal harmonies, graceful pianos and psychedelic guitars keep the eco messages of Light Years and Dreamin persuasive rather than preachy, making Escape 2 Mars an impressive throwback to the "daisy age' of early De La Soul. [Feb 2010, p. 107]
  4. Themes may be revisited, but Escape 2 Mars stills comes across as fresh and meaningful and fun.
  5. It’s great fun, and clearly a Bay Area attempt at the big league. Like hip-hop used to sound. Praise be.
  6. 70
    So, backed by melancholic, electronic-tinged production from Dnae Beats, Gab fashions inspired stories out of loquacious speed-raps, ruminating over humanity's foibles. It may not be transporting, but it's still impressively empathetic.
  7. The hooks themselves are pretty tired throughout. That leaves the weight of each song purely on Gab’s shoulders, and he responds early, but sounds fatigued as the record moves on, and laid-back groove falls into tired rut.

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