Showtime - Dizzee Rascal
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  • Summary: The UK rapper follows his Mercury Music Prize-winning debut 'Boy In The Corner' with this sophomore release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 100
    What Dizzee Rascal has done with this record is find his own - profoundly satisfying - balance between grime's digital vortex of ringtones and car alarms and an older more contemplative electronic tradition. [Oct 2004, p.104]
  2. 91
    At its core, Showtime is a classic sophomore album in the hip-hop sense: puffy with bluster, brimming with indignation. [Nov 2004, p.107]
  3. Beyond his trademark agitated yelp and panic-attack rhythms are all manner of surprising and compelling sonic twists.
  4. This is hip-hop for another era, one that makes the present day commercial U.S. material seem even more flat than it already is.
  5. Significantly altering the sound that won him critical praise and sold a quarter of a million albums takes some nerve. And that's what Showtime is about: Dizzee's newfound confidence.
  6. 80
    [A] solid sophomore effort. [Nov 2004, p.98]
  7. Showtime’s length dilutes the bursts of exotic spice and flavor laced throughout.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14