New Danger

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2004
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37

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  1. MichaelC
    Jan 1, 2007
    6
    It's way to ambitious and often feels unfocused. The select guitar solos would have been good, if he would have played the instrument, but jazz style guitar solos don't belong in the genre. This isn't a terrible album though, there are some good cuts on this disk.
  2. VinceH.
    Oct 22, 2004
    6
    Wildly uneven, but you gotta respect the guy for not just settling for doing Black on Both Sides pt. 2, but instead this is an album full of rock-rap fueled by the highly talented band Black Jack Johnson that Mos toured and plays with now. More traditional rhymes-over-beats songs mix and intertwine with long guitar and keyboard driven funk rock jams mix with Mississippi delta blues mix Wildly uneven, but you gotta respect the guy for not just settling for doing Black on Both Sides pt. 2, but instead this is an album full of rock-rap fueled by the highly talented band Black Jack Johnson that Mos toured and plays with now. More traditional rhymes-over-beats songs mix and intertwine with long guitar and keyboard driven funk rock jams mix with Mississippi delta blues mix with Southern soul music. Overall an amalgram of musical styles that don't quite fuse together the way that Mos intended and too many of the songs are just plain bad. Black on Both Sides is arguably the finest solo release that Rawkus Recrods was ever involved in and generally considered a classic by 99% of hip hop fans, so one cannot expect Mos to top it, but at least equal it., which unfortunately it doesn't. Expand
  3. RayC
    Jun 13, 2006
    6
    This wasn't exactly the album I hoped it'd be - but it had a few tracks that were amazing. "Close Edge" was a pretty good track, and "Sunshine" was a touching song, straight from the heart. I don't think it is as good as his prior work - when he teamed up with Talib Kweli on Black Star and most notably, his first album Black On Both Sides, but on a few of the songs, he goes This wasn't exactly the album I hoped it'd be - but it had a few tracks that were amazing. "Close Edge" was a pretty good track, and "Sunshine" was a touching song, straight from the heart. I don't think it is as good as his prior work - when he teamed up with Talib Kweli on Black Star and most notably, his first album Black On Both Sides, but on a few of the songs, he goes back to his roots of being The Mighty Mos Def. Unfortunately, the higher use of rock elements didn't do it for me. Nonetheless, it's an album worth considering. Expand
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Spin
    75
    In a world where 50 Cent name-drops [Talib] Kweli, Mos Def wants to keep the line between indie hip-hop and major-label rap nice and blurry. [Oct 2004, p.112]
  2. It’s largely half-baked in its execution.
  3. Although Mos Def sometimes finds the casual groove he's looking for, this disc is surprisingly dreary and oddly abstract. [1 Nov 2004]