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  • Summary: A showcase for their record label Star Trak, 'Clones' is a compilation of 22 Neptunes-produced and/or performed tracks, featuring A-list artists such as Nelly, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Nas.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. This gem glistens with bumpin' hits by Nelly, Clipse, Snoop Dogg and others.
  2. Its many high points and its sheer diversity (think of it as the ultimate pre-assembled mix tape) are enough to gloss over any minor transgressions.
  3. Ruthlessly, relentlessly refined, the surprise is that you don't get sick of what is, despite its surface changes, a fairly predictable formula. Rather, you want to hear it again. And again. And again.
  4. Seekers of weird and variegated musical kicks will certainly want to snap up Clones. [22/29 Aug 2003, p.130]
  5. There are, admittedly, times when it looks like they're just showing off.
  6. 70
    The album is a tapestry of reggae, rock, jazz, gospel, and pop, loosely assembled on the duo’s signature bass-and-rim-shot skeleton.
  7. Clones testifies to how familiar (and hollow) the Neptunes’ studio tricks have become.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. bernicec
    Sep 14, 2003
    10
    its a great album! im a big fan of their work!
  2. nabeelb
    Feb 10, 2004
    10
    its an amazing album. bomb clot. it jus...... it blows my mind. smoke up and listen to track nine by snoop. its just to cool
  3. Dan
    Mar 22, 2004
    10
    without question, the best in hip hop. best songs are w/ clipse, snoop, pharrell doing vocals
  4. NseE
    Sep 28, 2003
    9
    A very good cd with styles ranging from rap, rock and dancehall. Standouts include 'Frontin', 'Good girl', 'If', 'It blows my mind' (which does just that), 'Hot', 'Half-steering', 'Loser', 'Hot damn', 'Popular thug', and 'The don of dons'. Does have a few tracks tending to the filler direction though. Still, a good cd. Expand
  5. kelvinj
    Mar 8, 2005
    8
    the neptunes have once again produced a hit record only this time its for themselves. i think that the neptunes COULD have done alot better because i have heard them do it. overall a good album. Expand
  6. AlistairB
    Aug 25, 2003
    8
    While the singing / rapping at times lets you down, the music never veers off track. Who else could get away with the minimalism of #8 Hot??? Let's see if they can resurrect the King of Pop, surely the greatest challenge of their career! Expand
  7. NicC
    Aug 22, 2003
    1
    I reakon it is a fuck crap album! The beats and samples sound like they're straight off a workstation. It seems the neptunes think they shit don't stink. I loved the Nerd album and I really really dig all their past productions, but Clones is just plain plastic! Expand

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