Release Date: Nov 8, 2011
Record label: Virgin
Genre(s): British Rap
Green's commercially successful debut Alive Till I'm Dead wasn't without its more pensive narratives, and it's in this direction that Hackney battle-rapper-cum-popstar takes his followup. There's the same assortment of polished urban pop beats and the same famous borrow, this time a not unlikable lift from the Pixies' Where Is My Mind?, but Green abandons the cheeky self-deprecating humour and witty braggadocio of his earlier hit singles for unconcealed angst, chewing at his turbulent past and bemoaning the pressures of fame. The introspection pays off on tracks such as Forever Falling, but lead single Read All About It feels cloying.
A depressingly compromised second LP from an artist yet to meet his early promise. Garry Mulholland 2011 You have to feel sorry for British hip hop. For 20 years it was the runt of pop’s litter, ignored by the mainstream and considered too inauthentic by fans of American rap. Then Dizzee Rascal has a number one and the singles chart and British teen culture becomes entirely dominated by pop-friendly London MCs… at the exact point when everybody stops actually buying music.