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  • Summary: The Canadian semi-rapper (think more Beck than Eminem) returns with his first album of all-new material in two years, which includes contributions from DJ D Styles, Chicago post-rockers Tortoise and singer Lesley Feist.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
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  1. It's highly unlikely that Buck 65 is ever going to become the cash cow that his paymasters probably thought he was going to be, but let's hope that he is invited to keep on presenting us with his skewed worldview; a beautiful painting seen in a shattered and blood stained mirror.
  2. Buck's refusal to recognise musical boundaries and his instinctive ability to pick out elements that work together--sometimes surprisingly so--have given us a genre-bending album of high artistic vision, spit and grit. [#258, p.52]
  3. 80
    His gritty voice and folk-art lyricism ensure that these stylistic curveballs carry real emotional resonance. [Sep 2005, p.90]
  4. Secret House Against The World is a fun-filled affair that only reinforces Buck 65's stature as one of "hip-hop's" more versatile "emcees."
  5. Early Buck albums had all the professionalism of a late-night weed experiment, but Terfry is growin' up and it shows.
  6. It's fair to say you won't hear another album like this in 2005. Or probably until 3005. [30 Jul 2005, p.49]
  7. 40
    Buck's monotone and his lack of truly cutting statements make this a dour experience. [Sep 2005, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. MikeC
    Sep 27, 2005
    Awesome!! Go Canada
  2. WilliamH
    Sep 23, 2005
    My favourite album yet, they seem to always get better. Definitely a lot more experimental compared to his last two albums, but I think he's going in the right direction, with a combination of his old gritty stylings and the deep emotional music that he's using now. Im not sure I make sense, but I think if you're a fan and you listen to it, you'll understand. Expand
  3. AlanR
    Sep 24, 2005
    People fear what they don't understand...pussies.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Aug 21, 2005
    One of the best albums of the years. The Floor is one of the most touching songs I've ever heard.
  5. MathieuM
    Sep 25, 2005
    This is a really great album. One step further in the folk/rap fusion thant the album before. I really loved it.
  6. Steve
    Nov 4, 2005
    This album is lacking. What happened? The man could fashion words together in ways that boggle the mind. This album is country trip-hop. There are sounds create the eqivalent of bad punk, and rips of Cash. I still dig some of the beats, the minor, and live recordings... even when they are loops. The album also includes a female vocalist that was well, she could go back to what she was doing and decay. "Hip-Hop ruined my life"? nawww, you ain't hip-hop no more. Maybe if i OD on drugs i could understand it better, until i enter that state save your money. out Expand
  7. aurelies
    Sep 21, 2005
    Lyrically poor and silly, smells false confession. Seeks the sympathy from listener, complains too much. Musically appaling, especially on the rock songs. Expand

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