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8.2

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  1. Oct 25, 2014
    5
    Undoubtedly, WLIB AM contains some great cuts, mainly due to Madlib's consistently stunning production: "The Thang-Thang" and "Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1" stand out most of all, to my ears at least. But this record is really nothing more than a hotchpotch of musical themes and ideas which Madlib is casually experimenting with, most probably whilst high. Experimentation in mainly-instrumentalUndoubtedly, WLIB AM contains some great cuts, mainly due to Madlib's consistently stunning production: "The Thang-Thang" and "Yo Yo Affair Pt. 1" stand out most of all, to my ears at least. But this record is really nothing more than a hotchpotch of musical themes and ideas which Madlib is casually experimenting with, most probably whilst high. Experimentation in mainly-instrumental hip-hop is of course not inherently bad, quite on the contrary; but the album's general atmosphere seems to attempt to recreate something like J Dilla's Donuts; its mixtape feel is perhaps an attempt to associate itself with something of the same vein as the aforementioned masterpiece, which it just isn't. I understand that this is just one of many "informal" Madlib projects, and can't therefore be viewed as a "serious effort at a studio album" as such; at least not like Madvillainy or The Unseen definitely were. But I also understand that Madlib can do much better, especially as far as features are concerned: the stellar production on "Go", for example, is negated by Guilty Simpson's dreadful verse. Madlib for one should known better by avoiding this defecation on his beat, while Guilty Simpson should have known better by retiring a long time ago. Ultimately, this isn't a bad album by any means. Its production, as I have already said, is entertaining, and for the most part, its features are bearable. It would be fair to say, however, that it has no clear direction or goal that it wishes to achieve; it's just a set of 24 tracks: some parts good, some parts very bad. I'm just not sure if the whole deserves to add up to the sum of these parts. B- Expand
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
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  1. The beats are excellent as well, loping and stuttering and falling over each other in Madlib's best Drunken Master style. Although there are plenty of instrumentals, at least three-quarters of WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip is given over to vocal features.
  2. The sick is far outweighed by the sloppy as the selection shifts from slo-mo chronic puffers to wobbly boozer bumps bracketed by two thugged-out rips by Guilty Simpson.
  3. WLIB AM has a better hit-to-miss ratio than just about any radio station you can name anyways.