Hello Cruel World - Sole and the Skyrider Band
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  • Summary: Anticon cofounder Tim Holland releases his third album with the Skyrider Band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 3, 2011
    80
    How sharply Holland expresses his rage, how clearly his disappointment reveals betrayed idealism....Strong stuff.
  2. Jul 26, 2011
    70
    This flirtation with mass appeal is interesting for those with even a bit of an indie-hop bent, and hearing Sole working with a less forgiving rulebook just makes the album's successes more massive.
  3. 70
    Whereas the past experiences showcased Holland much more embellished and free-wheeling with his flow, Hello Cruel World places a focus on the lyrical content with a flow that ends up being much easier to follow and in turn, far more accessible.
  4. Jul 26, 2011
    61
    Nobody's ever going to this guy for clear, concrete ideas; abstract obfuscation is what he does. On Hello Cruel World, he finds some new ways to do it. They don't work out as often as we might hope, but at least he's trying.
  5. Jul 27, 2011
    60
    Cruel World's glitchy electronic sound, reminiscent of his solo work on Anticon, sometimes makes it hard to tell there's a band involved. [Aug 2011, p.122]
  6. Aug 22, 2011
    60
    At time innovative, but as with much alternative hip-hop, one for the previously converted. [Sep 2011, p.104]