Ten$ion - Die Antwoord
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  • Summary: The South African trio releases its second studio album on its own label, Zef Recordz, after leaving Interscope over the direction of its music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Ten$ion's depiction of modern South Africa is nothing less than thrilling.
  2. Guaranteed both to amuse and to confuse, Ten$ion is a masterpiece of kitsch: an intently provocative, tongue-in-cheek rave-rap record, by a cryptic performance art group.
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    70
    The biggest, brashest cartoon this side of Eminem's early albums.
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    60
    The problem with much of Ten$ion isn't that it doesn't feel smart-good music has never, and will never have to be "smart"-but that it feels deliberately stupid.
  5. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    Neither the downfall nor demystification of the group, the truly awful Ten$ion only further tangles the mess of questions surrounding Die Antwoord.
  6. 50
    Despite more of the foul-mouthed impish fun, Ten$ion doesn't offer much punch or cohesive power.
  7. Feb 23, 2012
    20
    Hi-Tek's construction of techno beats and rave stabs on the quirky I Fink U Freeky and heavy brostep on opener Never Le Nkemise just add to the nauseating concoction of trash that comprises Ten$ion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Jan 7, 2015
    10
    Their music is really freaky and that is cool! It is a mixture of African indigenous culture, colonial European and American hip-hop. ThisTheir music is really freaky and that is cool! It is a mixture of African indigenous culture, colonial European and American hip-hop. This album certainly is no worse then $O$. I think that it shows the development of style of the group. Expand
  2. Apr 20, 2013
    10
    I really think that they are doing a very well job. After all, the critics are good! And they got a contract with Interscope, or they had one,I really think that they are doing a very well job. After all, the critics are good! And they got a contract with Interscope, or they had one, I don't know anymore... But they wont have a contract because they actually have the balls to say NO to all the sh** the industry ask to them. Like everyone do, for money.
    All I'm saying is, if you really understand a little bit of music, then you gonna see how this works, this is not another pop group, and with the second album, they getting even better.
    But if you don't understand music, I'm felling sorry for you, because you will listen gaga's and Bieber and that same kind of bad, really really trash songs for the rest of your life.
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  3. Dec 7, 2013
    10
    This is amazing album and the best of decade, Yo Landi and Ninja make a real art build, and your voice is amazin, yo yo love u. Ten$ion haveThis is amazing album and the best of decade, Yo Landi and Ninja make a real art build, and your voice is amazin, yo yo love u. Ten$ion have win a Grammy. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2012
    8
    For the fans of Die Antwoord this album is a continuity of their previous work. Yo Landi and Ninja are getting more serious lyrically speakingFor the fans of Die Antwoord this album is a continuity of their previous work. Yo Landi and Ninja are getting more serious lyrically speaking in songs like So What?, Fok Jullie Naaiers and U Make a Ninja Wanna F**k but at contrary DJ Hi-Tek is balancing the whole thing with funny recycled old school beats and hundreds of samples references. Sometimes you hear No Limit, KLF and Madonna, sometimes you hear The Neptunes, Ying Yang Twins and Eminem but mostly you hear the twisted minds of Ninja Yo Landi and Dj Hi-Tek bringing their twisted world to the masses. After $O$, Max Normal TV, The Constructus Corporation, Watkin Tudor and other pre-Antwoord project, this album is no surprise for the fans of The Answer. The surprise would be if they would fall in the expected mainstream corporate market ... They remain zef side ... you will not hear much of this album on the dancefloors even if songs like I Fink U Freeky and Hey Sexy could bring a bit of dance fun around ... you will not hear much of this album on radio because their lyrical style has already been censored by their previous record compagny and they are too brutal for mainstream audiance... you will not see their videos on TV because their visuals stick to their previous formula, schoking, grimm, hardcore and bizarre ... anyway ... Ten$ion is a great album ... too full to get it at ones ... Ten$ion might become a 2012 underground party reference for people who navigate between rap and rave. Expand
  5. Jun 8, 2012
    4
    Definitely not as good as $O$ in terms of songwriting; if you didn't like that album (even for the lulz) then don't bother listening to thisDefinitely not as good as $O$ in terms of songwriting; if you didn't like that album (even for the lulz) then don't bother listening to this one. Most of the tracks range from completely average in every way ("Hey Sexy") to downright awful (the brosteppy opener, "Never le Nkemise 1"). Two of the tracks are also "skits" that don't really have any business being there. It's not all bad though. "I Fink U Freeky", "Baby's on Fire", "Fok Julle Naaiers", and "Fatty Boom Boom" are all enjoyable, catchy tracks that raise the album from being a complete waste of time to a guilty pleasure. 3.5/10, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt and round that to 4, because when the tracks are good they're great. But on most of the album that's not the case. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2012
    2
    South African band from Kaapstad, known for single "Enter The Ninja" - Die Antwoord with their latest "Then$ion" won't impress anyone. The CDSouth African band from Kaapstad, known for single "Enter The Ninja" - Die Antwoord with their latest "Then$ion" won't impress anyone. The CD is first too long - which only intensified the feeling that is full of useless junk - such as short hip-hop interludes like: "Bath" and "Uncle Jimmy", too childish and "sweet" for the rave - "Baby's On Fire" and some complete parody of good music - "So What". Only on what you can pay attention are both parts of "Never Le Nkemise" - first a combination of rave and classical music, the other purely techno. Expand
  7. Nov 5, 2012
    1
    I Am Normally A Pretty Nice Music Critic... But This Album Is The Worst Album Of 2012! Thats Really All I Can Say..
    Die Antwoord Fails, If I
    I Am Normally A Pretty Nice Music Critic... But This Album Is The Worst Album Of 2012! Thats Really All I Can Say..
    Die Antwoord Fails, If I Bought This CD I Would Throw It In The Trash!
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