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Never Better
     

Never Better

5.0 1
by P.O.S
 
It almost feels mean-spirited to call P.O.S. rap-rock, so sullied is that name from millennial mook-rock, but as he proudly interpolates Fugazi and Notorious B.I.G. on Never Better, it becomes obvious that this term is one he's determined to redefine. Track titles like "Drumroll

Overview

It almost feels mean-spirited to call P.O.S. rap-rock, so sullied is that name from millennial mook-rock, but as he proudly interpolates Fugazi and Notorious B.I.G. on Never Better, it becomes obvious that this term is one he's determined to redefine. Track titles like "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)" and "Terrorish" don't disappoint, all churlish guitar thuds, chest-thumping choruses and rapid-fire rhymes; it feels like the Linkin Park aesthetic done right, which is, really, a strange artistic achievement, but one handily accomplished. These hot flashes of intensity are nicely contrasted by neighbors like the darkly soothing "Optimist (We Are Not for Them)" and the satisfying boom-bap of "Savion Glover," giving the album some assured ebbs in intensity. Better still is the bombastically chintzy "Goodbye," which sounds like the type of beat Just Blaze would save for his very favorite client. But this is staunchly P.O.S.' show, and as an MC he's eager to dazzle. While his big emphatic Midwestern enunciation recalls Eminem, his emo-rap fixations are more in line with El-P or Cadence Weapon. He's fixated, obsessed even, with his friends, particularly those who've abused his trust, and constructs his record from the pensive moments of solitude between vainglorious barnburners. Between this brutal bleating and the general anger of the production, the record is dank and punishing on the ears -- probably just as P.O.S. intended, but still a step or two shy of the sonic maturity he so yearns to lend the subgenre.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Rhymesayers
UPC:
0826257010223
catalogNumber:
70102
Rank:
105251

Tracks

  1. Let It Rattle
  2. Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)
  3. Savion Glover
  4. Purexed
  5. Grave Shovel Let's Go
  6. Goodbye
  7. Get Smokes
  8. Been Afraid
  9. Low Light Low Life
  10. The Basics (Alright)
  11. Out of Category
  12. Optimist (We Are Not for Them)
  13. Terrorish
  14. Never Better
  15. The Brave and the Snake

Album Credits

Performance Credits

P.O.S   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Bones Jones   Vocals,Musician
Jessy Greene   Violin
Matt Scharenbroich   Drums
Judah Nagler   Guest Appearance
Bled   Vocals
Dave Turncrantz   Drums
Erin Tate   Drums
Cecil Otter   Vocals
Turbo Nemisis   scratching
Ryan Cybul   Vocals
Ruben Vela   Vocals
Mike the 2006 King   Turntables
Maria Juranic   Hand Clapping
Julie Kravitz   Vocals
Joel Anderson   Vocals
Glorily Velez   Vocals
F. Stokes   Vocals
Eric Carlson   Vocals
Lazerbeak   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jason Shevchuk   Composer
Paper Tiger   Composer
P.O.S   Composer
Stef "P.O.S." Alexander   Executive Producer
Sim's   Composer
MK Larada   Composer
Mk Larada   Composer
Dessa   Composer
R. Sims   Composer
Lazerbeak   Composer
Paper Tiger   Composer

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