- Summary: The ninth studio release for the British grime artist features guest appearances from such artists as Far East Movement, French Montana, Ghetts, Kano, Lethal Bizzle, Ms D, Emeli Sandé, Tinchy Stryder, and Tulisa.
- Record Label: Warner Bros.
- Genre(s): Rap
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Apr 2, 2013It's the bruised and pensive love songs, such as "Broken Thoughts" and "Ninja," and the sci-fi sleaze of "Chainsaw," that stick and make The Ascent a contrived pop product with its heart and mind intact. [May 20113, p.79]
Apr 8, 2013["Skillzone" is] one the few times the album offers a "punch in the gut." Everything else is more "hands in the air" and from every radio-friendly strain of wonky pop, giving the impression that The Ascent is a mixtape of Wiley features and not a proper album.
Positive: 1 out of 1
Mixed: 0 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Jun 8, 2013Been a fan of Wiley's for years now and this album does not disappoint.
Wiley brings back his grime roots on songs like First Class, Chainsaw and Sillzone, has the club raving with Heatwave, Can You Hear Me?, Reload and Lights On and has his own classic ESKIBEAT sound with Humble Pie, Rubicon Ninja and Broken Thoughts. With only one truly shocking song (So Alive) the rest is no more then filler with some current big names (My Heart feat. Emeli Sande & French Montana, Tomorrow feat. Megaman and Hands In The Air feat. Tulisa).
But the album was well worth the money with well over the majority being a hit with this old Wiley fan and will go down as his album that gave him that icon number one single (Heatwave) and will be a classic in his catalogue of albums.… Expand
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