After some time Roni Size and his collective known as Reprazent
have finally managed to come out with their new album, In
the Mode. With guest appearances by Method Man, Rahzel
and Zack De La Rocha, this album leans more towards its rap
and R&B influences than before. Encompassing 17 tracks and
around 75 minutes of music, this album should be a musical
Should be - but the real problem is that with so many tracks
including vocals, it seems that Roni and his crew have grow
away from the great musical aspects of the first album (Brown
Paper Bag, Jazz). At points, this album seems less like
drum and bass and more like a faster paced rap album. Musically,
some tracks show ingenuity while others really don't bring
anything new to the table. Certain tracks even have similar,
if not exactly the same, drum beats as previous efforts.
As expected, the production and quality of sound are priceless.
Even with the above-mentioned gripes, there are some great
songs here. Ghetto Celebrity is surprisingly good,
even though the vocals by Method Man make the song
sound a bit like Tricky. Other stellar tracks include
Mexican, Idi Banashapan and Play the Game.
If you were expecting New Forms
Vol.2, then you might be a bit disappointed. While the evident
progression is refreshing, fans that lean less towards rap
and more towards the jazz aspects of the first album might
find this one a bit harder to listen to. In all, it's still
a good album worth a listen to for fans of drum and bass.