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  • Summary: A member of Subtle, Themselves and 13 & God, Jel (aka Jeffery James Logan) makes his true solo LP deubt with this 12-track effort. Ms John Soda's Stefanie Bohm, Fog's Andrew Broder, and cLOUDDEAD's Odd Nosdam are among the guests.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Soft Money continues to blur the line between downtempo electronica and underground hip-hop in its own distinct, highly gratifying way.
  2. 88
    A production gem. [#19, p.91]
  3. Soft Money has a firm foundation, with SP-1200 fetishism being just one small sliver of its appeal.
  4. There are few dynamic surprises here, and no serrated edges, but this disc's strength lies in its building mass of lumbering, decelerated funk, its textures gluey and thick.
  5. Jel's music here doesn't focus your attention to a laser-point the way Them did, but neither is it big enough to saturate it-- it lurks comfortably in the middle distance.
  6. 60
    A sampling tour de force, but short on soul. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  7. Today, yet another album filled with introverted hip-hop instrumentals--even one with occasional moments of beauty radiating from the murk--is doomed by comparison to the more innovative work the label has been offering lately. [Mar 2006, p.138]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. GuillaumeP
    Mar 6, 2006
    10
    Excellent CD. Its been a long time i haven't seen such a good cd. its like a mix of Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, and Mark Farina.
  2. AlanR
    Feb 28, 2006
    10
    You're just scared that he's right. 50 Cent couldn't buy these beats, not that he could understand them anyway.
  3. PedroP
    Mar 31, 2006
    9
    The best surprise of the year so far. Great beats with a political message. My favourite hip-hop "Supa Star". Check it out!
  4. LibbiL
    Jul 12, 2007
    9
    Bangin' cd! Plus Ms. John Soda is featured on more than 1 track. You can't touch that. The beats sink in deep.
  5. shanel
    Mar 4, 2006
    8
    first listen to this artist, like it a lot. very dark and foreboding hip-hop.
  6. MikeB
    Mar 17, 2008
    8
    Ranges from good to very good. The vinyl is worth seeking out, great sound for low price