Saturday, January 10, 2009

PPP - Abundance Review

If you pick up this album and expect to hear the hip hop/soul of their previous album, Triple P, you’ve come with the wrong expectations. Abundance picks up where Triple P’s Now or Never left off. Knowing that Saadiq and Waajeed are true mavericks, you must come prepared to experience WHATEVER they have to give you, then you can quickly and more easily digest this album. Even then, it may take more than one listen for you to actually GET IT. Trust me though, the more listens the better!

Abundance begins with the current Detroit (rock/percussion heavy) sound on Angel & Smoking Mirrors (love the organ on Smoking Mirrors). From there, they let you know that Abundance is a journey into sound. On a Cloud hips you to a retro/futuristic, funky, horn laden concoction that’s guaranteed to make you move. Next, they slow it down on Sanctuary, a strings heavy, soulful, slow cooker with Coultrain and Jamila Raegan on vocal duties. Finally they take you back to the upbeat Latin dance groove (No Worries) with The Ghost of Aveiro. There’s an “abundance” of tunes here (15 in all), and of course I’m leaving some out. They’re worth the price of admission, and if Variety is the spice of life, Abundance will never reach an audio death in your iPod.

The subtle nuances of a song play a huge part in the gumbo that is Abundance. The production/engineering on this album is excellent and you tend to hear every instrument on a song which increases its potency. The vocalist(s) selected for each song compliments the track and augments your listening pleasure. Also, PPP’s ability to consistently and effectively change styles while maintaining interest is a double plus, because it prevents boredom while listening and keeps you guessing what’s next.

Coming in at just under an hour, there’s also a definite flow to the album which assists in its listenability. It’s not until the end of the album that the flow dissolves and it seems that some songs don’t belong. This album will get an ABUNDANCE of spins from me though, so make sure you pick it up January 20, 2009. Preorder HERE and save 10%. DJ Rahdu gives Abundance 6 out of 7 Headnods

*Head Nod Scale
1=Don't waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there's "two and a possible".
5=It's a "good" album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the "Rewind Factor" more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.


Blogger bT said...

I can't wait for this album to drop! It's been a minute since I've heard from these cats.

Thanks for the follow-add thing...appreciate it. Dope blog by the way.


January 10, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger ChocLitLuvJoi said...

Maaan, this album will make you bust out a tamborine and start jamming out in your living room. It connects w/ your soul and pulls you into a state of "bruk wild and get on badd". You know that image you have of the ladies in them tie heads [scarfs], and them big wide A line skirts as they spin around and dance; that's what On A Cloud & Smoking Mirrors had me feeling.

Angel>>> Mmmm, I love Coultrain's voice, his harmony blends beAutifully w/ the rest of the crew.

Sanctuary>>> BeAutiful [I'm trying to keep this short and not book length like normal]

Countless Excuses; a very fun, walk in the park kinda feel. Or maybe riding a bicycle around the park kinda feeling. Either way, it's perfect for a pretty sunny day.

Overall, I'm loving the album and can't even concentrate on writing this. So I gone now...Great production + great voices = Great album

January 12, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

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