Soft Money

  • Record Label: Anticon
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Filter
    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. If you like instrumental hip-hop and don't mind a few tracks with vocals (most of which are quite well done), Soft Money is worth checking out.
  5. In a genre where dullness is constantly being fought off, there's never a moment on Soft Money moment when monotony threatens to take over.
  6. 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.
  7. Q Magazine
    Beguiling, high-density productions. [Apr 2006, p.119]
  8. Under The Radar
    The results are mesmerizing. [#13, p.90]
  9. Urb
    Jel's cagey, chunky breaks interlace into stereoscopic head-nodding noir. [Mar 2006, p.113]
  10. Uncut
    A sampling tour de force, but short on soul. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  11. 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.
  12. On Soft Money undeniable talent finds its nemesis in homogeneity of style and absence of individuality.
  13. Soft Money is full of the sort of guitar riffs that mutter their notes and beats that knock about to break themselves free from dumpsters.
  14. Alternative Press
    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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. MikeB
    Mar 17, 2008
    Ranges from good to very good. The vinyl is worth seeking out, great sound for low price
  2. LibbiL
    Jul 12, 2007
    Bangin' cd! Plus Ms. John Soda is featured on more than 1 track. You can't touch that. The beats sink in deep.
  3. PedroP
    Mar 31, 2006
    The best surprise of the year so far. Great beats with a political message. My favourite hip-hop "Supa Star". Check it out!