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BAD COMPANY: SOUNDTRACK

Review by Brad Green:
Itís very simple. If youíre a fully-fledged, gold chain flaunting, backwards baseball cap-wearing, designer sneaker-collecting rap enthusiast youíll find this soundtrack passable. Otherwise youíll pass.

All the artists on this album can talk real fast, rhyme in rhythm and project a diction that suggests they mean business. Itís a talent, but it grows tired very quickly. Especially when weíve heard it all before.†

Excellent production and a few tuneful hooks between the rap rants does not make up for the fact that thereís nothing here to shake the soul.†

What should make up for it is the final track: a cue from Trevor Rabinís score. Rabin was the songwriter, singer and all round musical wizard from Yes, one of pop musicís few seriously brilliant bands. Yet all he can muster here are clichťd electronic dance patterns overlaid with depressingly trite string flourishes. Sort of like a muzak version of The William Tell Overture meets the Magnificent Seven with a beat mixed in by a ho hum DJ, only cheesier.†

Thereís not a single track to get excited about on this album, although some do have redeeming features: a ripping guitar solo on Outkastís Bombs Over Baghdad; some soulful harmonies on an otherwise lame version of All Out Of Love and the odd imaginative arrangement underneath the rap banalities. None of which is nearly enough for moi thank you very much.†

As for Rabin, Iíll put it down to hanging with the crowd. He ainít exactly in Grand Company here.†

Published July 18, 2002

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TITLE: Bad Company
ID: 335312
Hollywood Records
ARTISTS: Ali featuring St. Lunatics; Gorillaz/D12 featuring Terry Hall; Outkast; Dub Pistols; next; Pretty Willie; Jaheim featuring Duganz; Jagged Edge; Blu Cantrell; Rama Duke; Tricky; Ko-La; Supervision featuring Blind Gotti
SCORE: Trevor Rabin
TRACKS: 14







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