Fluorescent Black

  • Record Label: Big Dada
  • Release Date: Sep 29, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. None of this is going to sell enough records to bother Jay-Z, and a track or two veer too close to MF Doom for comfort, but Fluorescent Black is easily one of the best rap records of the year.
  2. After almost eight years, APC couldn't jump back in too soon. Every aspect of this disc is delivered with blinding urgency, from the hook of "C Thru U" to the pseudo-prayer delivered toward the end of "Reflections."
  3. What really impresses though is how complete all of this sounds: aside from the typically cocky lyrical references, there’s nary a hint that they’ve not been working together for the last few years.
  4. That Anti-Pop Consortium have made this balance (or battle) a primary feature of this multi-layered master-class means that it is a constantly moving record.
  5. 80
    The MC trio rhyme with distinct cadences tuned like instruments, while engineer Earl Blaize compiles keyboards, drums, and software blips into an Afro-surrealist space opera.
  6. Alternative Press
    The majority of this disc expertly locates that elusive bull's eye between art and accessibility. [Nov 2009, p.106]
  7. The Collective may have broken up, reformed and been on the comeback trail for the last 18 months or so, but it is heartening to see that they are still putting out material as strong as this, and are still capable of being an off-centre, welcome and relevant voice in 21st century hip-hop
  8. Anti-Pop Consortium are still vital enough to keep the momentum they lost, in dreadfully untimely fashion, when they inexplicably broke up in 02.
  9. Even at its most abstract and cerebral, Fluorescent Black is made irresistibly catchy by its wildly eclectic tracks (courtesy of unsung genius Earl Blaze), at once the smartest and most ig’nant windshield-rattlers out.
  10. These go-hard-or-go-home tracks are still sprinkled across Fluorescent Black... But those who've been along for the 10-plus year ride may be looking for more of them.
  11. Q Magazine
    Their stance is still refreshingly at odds with the mainstream. [Oct 2009, p.105]
  12. Uncut
    Big Dada, Beans, Sayyid, Earl Blaize and High Priest riffle through more fresh ideas in the opening six tracks than contempoary hip hop will in as many months. [Oct 2009, p.91]
  13. Under The Radar
    On their fourth album, they're still churning a space age mix of electro, rap, and sadly some Guitar Center-like rock. [Fall 2009, p.75]
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  1. deanc
    Dec 4, 2009
    Up there with Mos Def's Ecstatic and Willie Isz's Georgiavania as the hip hop album of the year. A sublime hybrid of sounds created Up there with Mos Def's Ecstatic and Willie Isz's Georgiavania as the hip hop album of the year. A sublime hybrid of sounds created to both challenge the listener and make them move. Full Review »