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  • Summary: The duo of Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks, aka Sir Michael Rocks, releases its long-awaited album that was more than two years in the making.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 14, 2011
    81
    Their conversational deliveries and every man personas, cultivated in the often self-effacing world of blog rap sometimes feel small atop sparse, up tempo production clearly inspired by the late '80s when larger than life mic controllers brought the color to often minimalist canvases.
  2. Overall, When Fish Ride Bicycles won't convert any naysayers, but for both fans and those new to the group, this is a tightly-crafted showcase for the unique sound and style of The Cool Kids.
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    The Cool Kids don't want people debating over the underlying message of every song, picking apart and arguing over every little lyric. Rather, the duo wants listeners to simply sit back and enjoy the ride, and those who do so will almost certainly not be disappointed with the often quirky rhymes and unique production from Chuck and Mikey.
  4. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    Despite losing the laser-like focus of their earlier mixtapes, When Fish Ride Bicycles is a fun, well-made album that brings several welcome additions to their catalogue
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    There's a fine line between consistency and monotony, so while The Cool Kids' style can, over the course of a project, begin to feel like a drone, these bursts of change keep When Fish Ride feeling fresh.
  6. Jul 19, 2011
    63
    When Fish Ride Bicycles doesn't have the same old-school shine to it. Instead it feels caught between a few different directions, as personified by its guest list: Travis Barker, Asher Roth, Bun B, and the irreducible Ghostface Killah. But even with the help, none of the tracks stretch particularly far from the Cool Kids' limited palette.
  7. The biggest problem with When Fish Ride Bicycles is the overall dull presentation and atmosphere.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 10, 2011
    6
    The album starts out with Rush Hour. It has a tight 80's/early 90's beat filled with clingy vocal breaks. The chorus has a new age style mixedThe album starts out with Rush Hour. It has a tight 80's/early 90's beat filled with clingy vocal breaks. The chorus has a new age style mixed with a sound unique to The Cool Kids. The production from Chuck Inglish stays on the fine line between gritty and minimal. Some tracks such as Boomin' and Bundle Up have the outcome of being minimal, with a repetitive drum loop that may make you want to turn the song. The album at times has the potential to become a influential hip hop staple, but ends up falling short. It fall short in depth and connection. The duo still provides solid tracks have commercial and feel good beats like Rush Hour, Swimsuits, and Summer Jam. With guests of Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes, and Travis Barker, along with appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Travis Barker, and Asher Roth the album has added appeal and added volume. The highlight is the outro song Summer Jam, partly because of The Neptuneâ Expand