Sound the Alarm - Booker T. Jones
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  • Summary: The multiple Grammy-winning R&B/soul singer returns to the Stax label with an album featuring guest appearances from such artists as Gary Clark, Jr., Estelle, Anthony Hamilton, Mayer Hawthorne, Luke James, Sheila E., and Vintage Trouble.
  • Record Label: Universal
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Soul, Urban, Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary R&B, Southern Soul, Soul Jazz, Memphis Soul
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
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  1. Jul 8, 2013
    88
    El-P has never sounded more scathingly unhinged as an MC. Killer Mike, who brought an urban philosopher’s mind set to “R.A.P. Music,” conjures that same level of intensity when he rains down insults alongside his new sidekick.
  2. Jun 27, 2013
    80
    Sound the Alarm is the sound of summer.
  3. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    Killer Mike gets the most quotable lines, turning simple statements into punchlines and investing each syllable with a sense of rhythmic possibility; you’re never sure exactly which word in a given line he might decide to pluck like a stray beard hair.... Despite abandoning some of the more layered and mannered production flourishes of his solo work, El-P still packs these songs with stray details--the roar of a tiger, those gorgeous organs, the squeal of a dolphin--that can be jarring on first listen but gradually reveal themselves to be essential.
  4. Aug 8, 2013
    80
    For every step back, however, there are two steps forward: most of the tracks find Jones collaborating with some hot young artist.
  5. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    Jones's playing is inventive throughout, comparing favourably to his work with the M.G.'s. [Sep 2013, p.86]
  6. Jun 27, 2013
    60
    Iz and Bobby Avila (aka the Avila Brothers) produced and co-wrote the bulk of the tracks, and those are the most successful. It would have been smarter, though, to use them for the whole album, as the smattering of generic blues jams and guest showcases seem tacked on and out of place.
  7. Aug 20, 2013
    60
    True, the Estelle-sung can't Wait sounds out of place, but elsewhere this is an estimable example of making things just like they used to. [Sep 2013, p.99]

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