Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. As spiritual as Talib Kweli, as musically complex as Mos Def, as joyfully syncopated as the Roots, Power in Numbers sets the standard for intelligent hip hop.
  2. The signature wordplay and musical ingenuity are as strong as ever here... but they're rolling with a far harder edge than you remember.
  3. Oozing confidence, clarity and common sense, the group's four MCs tackle their topics like the greats of old, distilling complex thoughts into simple, powerful rhymes.
  4. J5 is hard enough to sample Public Enemy on the standout single "What's Golden" and features two of the best turntablists working today, Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark.
  5. Urb
    80
    The excellent Power In Numbers finds the group inching toward the future with a fuller sound and different looks. [Oct 2002, p.94]
  6. Power in Numbers is the finest hip-hop album released since Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow.
  7. Mojo
    80
    An almost austere album, the production deliciously dry, forcing lyrics and beats to share the foreground. [Nov 2002, p.106]
  8. Mixer
    80
    An eyes-closed, head-bobbing masterpiece. [Oct 2002, p.86]
  9. Jurassic 5's Power in Numbers is darker than their first full-length; not as fresh and exuberant, but much more mature and intelligent.
  10. 80
    Jurassic 5 is sophisticated and mature, yet it's energetic, fresh, and still knows how to have a good time.
  11. Q Magazine
    80
    If there's a weakness, it's that the fulid, four-MC set-up masks a lack of lyrical depth.
  12. Jurassic 5 value commitment over calculation; that is, they keep it real.
  13. Power In Numbers is like a coming out party for J5, as it shows their ability to shed their label as a novelty and proves they are talented in their own right.
  14. This formulaically old-school approach is both J5's greatest asset and worst liability.
  15. The group's old-school ethos begins to feel like formula on Power In Numbers, though that formula can still yield remarkable results.
  16. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    Bad rap is no way to repair a bad rep. [21 Oct 2002]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. j30
    Dec 7, 2011
    7
    Solid album from Jurassic 5. My only complaint is Power In Numbers doesn't feel like a progression from their previous work, just aSolid album from Jurassic 5. My only complaint is Power In Numbers doesn't feel like a progression from their previous work, just a reaffirmation of their sound. Full Review »
  2. daniela
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    excellent hip hop record, a breath of fresh air from the usual rap bollocks we hear these days talking about their rims, thei b*tches and excellent hip hop record, a breath of fresh air from the usual rap bollocks we hear these days talking about their rims, thei b*tches and their jesus piece Full Review »
  3. ChandlerW
    Oct 15, 2006
    10
    What can I say about PIN. I think it's an absolute classic. I listen to at least some of this album every day. I can't imagine what What can I say about PIN. I think it's an absolute classic. I listen to at least some of this album every day. I can't imagine what J5 could've possibly done to make this album any better. "A Day At The Races", "High Fidelity", and "Sum of Us" are particularly sick. Nu-mark and Cut Chemist spin some of the most bitchinest beats I've ever heard. Cut Chemist is very missed. Great Album. Full Review »