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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Minnesota rapper, who is also a member of punk band Building Better Bombs.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. P.O.S. has raised the bar again. [Mar 2009, p.114]
  2. P.O.S. has created something that sounds vibrant and alive, and stretches the narrow limits of the genre.
  3. P.O.S. must have known he had a near-classic on his claws with Never Better.
  4. From front to back, the album's an acquired taste, and even if it's not the big paradox that an album mixing punk ethics with rap virtuosity might risk becoming, it doesn't have a universal appeal, especially for heads leery of anything that might approach the misnomer of "emo rap."
  5. Even if it gets a bit bedroom experimentalist, POS is Buck 65 with balls, and has more ideas and soul in one cut than an entire Fiddy wet shit.
  6. It's a tumbler, a series of good thoughts that get lost in development.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. ShannonZ
    Mar 4, 2009
    P.O.S.'s success with this album is a cinderella story. All the critics gave him hell about the last one but he doesnt care. Hes doing the same thing even better. Actually.. Never Better. Expand
  2. FutFackFrank
    Feb 24, 2009
    Angry, freewheeling, wordplay so clever it had to be carefully plotted out beforehand and yet still totally and sufficiently whelming in an artistic way. This represents the TC scene very well. Expand
  3. TrevonL
    Mar 29, 2009
    P.O.S's flow is better than ever. This album is raw, and shows that he has great talent.
  4. JamesC
    Aug 1, 2009
    Admittedly i've loved P.O.S. for years but he seems genuinely inspired on this album. The tracks push musical boundaries and his lyrics are tighter than ever. A few songs grate but enough stand out brilliantly so that the entire album is elevated. Overall, a unique work worth listening to over and over again. Expand
  5. Ahmad
    May 5, 2009
    Real solid album. Honestly it took twice through to really appreciate some tracks. There are some songs, though, that don't hold up as well as others. The best songs on this album are really damn good, those other songs are decent at best. Expand
  6. HayroC
    Mar 19, 2009
    Really boring, too overrated album.