Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. To say "Things Go Better with RJ and Al" is as great as some of their earlier work would be an overstatement, but to say it's a dissapointment in any way shape or form would be a colossal lie.
  2. RJ puts aside his cinematic loops to deliver his roughest and toughest beats, over which Blueprint spits the party and bullshit blues like a man watching his most celebrated contempories fiddle with iced-out jewellery while their country burns before their eyes.
  3. 70
    You can recommend any track on this release to friends without fear. [Apr 2006, p.92]
  4. Seeming short at 40 minutes, it's a slight album, and it's marred by Blueprint's slavish devotion to his own goofy song-concepts.
  5. If Soul Position intended to craft a wholly direct, musically and lyrically and conceptually simplistic piece of positive rap, like a modern day Arrested Development album, then I think they did that well enough, and I guess I don’t fully appreciate because I’m too caught up in my own gangly mental schematic of what it is that makes good hip-hop good.
  6. Despite the jovial cover, this album comes off as almost entirely serious, which is all well and good until you hear some of the most misguided pontification ever laid down on a hip-hop track.
  7. Rather than the careless tracks sounding like harmless asides (even if they didn’t make up a fair amount of the album), they come across like an MC wandering.
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  1. NedS
    Apr 23, 2006
    7
    While not as interesting, groundbreaking or unique as previous Soul Position albums, Things Go Better with RJ and AL still provides an While not as interesting, groundbreaking or unique as previous Soul Position albums, Things Go Better with RJ and AL still provides an enjoyable listen with the RJD2 spinning creative beats and Blueprint flowing well. However,while each artist is good at an individual level, the blend between the two of them could use some work. The balance between the two artists' unique styles is not as effectively achieved as it is on their previous CDs, 8 Million Stories and Unlimited EP. Bottom line: it's an enjoyable listen once or twice but isn't up to par with RJ and Blueprint's previous collaborations. Full Review »