Monsters in the Closet

Monsters in the Closet

by Swollen Members

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Monsters in the Closet

This trawl through the vaults of the Vancouver-based hip-hop collective Swollen Members is unusual for a collection of B-sides and leftovers -- in that it ends up being more forward- than backward-looking. That's because the underground stalwarts -- Mad Child and Prevail, plus recent addition Moka Only -- decided to record a few new songs to fill out the disc, which ends up pointing the way to possible commercial successes previously undreamed of. "Breath," with its hook from Nelly Furtado and a juicy R&B foundation, could slot comfortably between the latest Murder Inc. and P. Diddy hits on a mix tape, while the manic "Battle Axe Exclusive" rages along in true Eminem fashion. Such moments won't necessarily be a pleasant surprise for the Members' devoted fanbase, but the remainder of Monsters in the Closet provides a generous helping of the less-conventional musical ambition that has won the group comparisons to Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, and other old-school revivalists. There's one true gem -- "Long Way Down," a sensitive love song that samples Sarah McLachlan's "Ice Cream" -- and many outtakes of better-than-average quality; though they aren't all monsters, they certainly deserve to come out of hiding.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2002
Label: Battle Axe
UPC: 0800867101328
catalogNumber: 1013

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Swollen Members   Primary Artist
Mark Ferris   Violin
Finn Manniche   Cello
Saukrates   Vocals
Nelly Furtado   Vocals
Prevail   Vocals
Mad Child   Vocals
Moka Only   Vocals
Tony Bernal   Violin,Viola
J.P. Carter   Trumpet
Richard Toby Peter   Bass

Technical Credits

Sarah McLachlan   Contributor
Mark Ferris   String Arrangements
Kemo   Producer
Chin Injeti   Cello Arrangement
Mark B   Producer
DJ Babu   Cut
DJ Vadim   Producer,Cut
Joe Chavez   Producer
DJ Revolution   Cut
Saukrates   Producer
Roger Swan   Producer,Engineer
Evidence   Producer
J-Rocc   Cut
Prevail   Liner Notes
Mad Child   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Moka Only   Producer
Zodak   Producer,Cut
Paul Nice   Producer
Rob the Viking   Producer,Cut
DJ Science   Producer
Chris Guy   Producer

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