Return To V - Roni Size

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    Roni really hits home near the end, the last seven tracks making the album purchase (and the wait) more than worth it. [Dec 2004, p.110]
  2. It's well produced and mixed, but lacks the edge to make it really interesting.
  3. Size has merely moved from the coffee tables of the last century into the elevators of the next. [30 Oct 2004, p.65]
  4. 60
    The samey, smothering beats make it inaccessible to anyone without a pacifier in their mouth. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.111]
  5. Unfortunately though, Return to V isn't a back-to-basics record, and there isn't a single landmark to pick out from its 18 tracks.
  6. While collaborations with the likes of Viktor Duplaix ("Pull Up"), Rahzel ("Out of Breath") and British MC's Darrison ("Time") and Dynamite MC ("No More") provide interesting listens, nothing here is as revolutionary as such Roni Size classics as "New Forms" or Breakbeat Era's "Ultra Obscene."
  7. He's trying to simultaneously stretch and stay true to his roots. It's a hard balancing act to pull off, and he's only partially successful.
  8. 50
    Varies immensely in quality. [Dec 2004, p.137]
  9. While Size's ideas are more rampant, they haven't developed enough.
  10. What once sounded thrilling and new now merely sounds tired and repetitive. [Nov 2004, p.127]
  11. This album could easily have been released in the mid-Nineties, when Size and his V Records crew pointed the way forward. Ten years later, it is just a skittery nostalgia trip.
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  1. F4b
    May 22, 2005
    Not his best work, but one of the most multi-directional. Nice.