You Can't Stop the Bum Rush

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Sometimes nothing satisfies like a platter of cheese -- and that's exactly what Len delivers on this insinuatingly goofy, maddeningly catchy collection of demi-anthems. Calling on such ghosts of shlock past as Poison's CC DeVille and savant rapper Biz Markie (who throws his considerable heft behind "Beautiful Day"), the core foursome melds techno sheen with pop-metal hooks, creating a hybrid that's studded with hooks made to bore deep into the brainpan. The ubiquitous "Steal My Sunshine" may not be stylistically indicative of Len's loopy sound -- it's a little lighter than most of the tracks here -- but it sets the tone for more thumpin', humpin' numbers such as "Hot ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Sometimes nothing satisfies like a platter of cheese -- and that's exactly what Len delivers on this insinuatingly goofy, maddeningly catchy collection of demi-anthems. Calling on such ghosts of shlock past as Poison's CC DeVille and savant rapper Biz Markie (who throws his considerable heft behind "Beautiful Day"), the core foursome melds techno sheen with pop-metal hooks, creating a hybrid that's studded with hooks made to bore deep into the brainpan. The ubiquitous "Steal My Sunshine" may not be stylistically indicative of Len's loopy sound -- it's a little lighter than most of the tracks here -- but it sets the tone for more thumpin', humpin' numbers such as "Hot Rod Monster Jam" and the extraterrestrial hoedown "The Hard Disk Approach." They may only get 15 minutes of fame, but Len are sure to keep you happy for many more hours than that.
All Music Guide - John Bush
The debut by the Canadian four-piece LEN is a set of old-school tracks indebted to Sugar Hill Records and Afrika Bambaataa as well as more recent indie-rap agitators like the Beastie Boys. While the rapping is a bit stilted, the production is excellent and best heard on the first track, the monster hit "Steal My Sunshine," a bright slice of indie-pop with an old-school guitar loop and a suitably bumping bassline. For all of the great tracks here, it's difficult to escape the feeling that You Can't Stop the Bum Rush is a low-rent version of the Beastie Boys' 1998 album Hello Nasty -- Biz Markie makes a few appearances as he did with the Beasties, and master turntablist Mr. Dibbs takes the role of Mix Master Mike with major contributions to one very short track. Still, the album's few derivative qualities never really get in the way of an enjoyable listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646952825
  • Catalog Number: 69528
  • Sales rank: 80,652

Album Credits

Performance Credits
LEN Primary Artist
Kurtis Blow Track Performer
Biz Markie Track Performer
Godfrey Diamond Drums
Technical Credits
John X. Engineer
Fisher Producer
Big King Producer
Mumble C Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A VERY COOL CD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a very cool CD!!!!!!!!! Len is a very radd artist. I especially love their songs, ''Steal My Sunshine'', ''Feelin'Alright'', ''Cryptic Souls Crew'', and ''The Hard Disk Approach''. If anyone likes this CD, I recommend the ''Digimon: The Movie'' soundtrack. Len sings this song called ''Kids In America''. It's ssooooo sweet!!!

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