Father Divine - Mike Ladd
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  • Summary: Professor Ladd's second 2005 release is a punk concept album about religious leader George Baker.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. There isn't a weak track on "Father Divine," and though some of Ladd's lyrical styling can be uninspired... the album is packed with solid material.
  2. It's a record played in the red, and it's not afraid to have a good time there.
  3. Father Divine is that rare album that's conscious of its diversity without being pretentious about it
  4. An invigorating mix of spacey dub, seventies funk, eighties big-beat electro, old school hip-hop and even early Prince, Father Divine is Ladd's most lyrically accessible and sonically enjoyable album to date.
  5. Overall Ladd has made a divine album indeed.
  6. 70
    Although Father Divine ultimately feels more like a sketchbook than a coherent work, Ladd's doodles contain more fertile ideas than most artists' finished albums. [Mar 2006, p.91]
  7. The abundance of weird instrumentals and scattershot doodles suggest that quality control remains an alien concept. [Mar 2006, p.108]

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