Release Date: Oct 27, 2009
Record label: Suburban Noize
After their 2006 release, Black Magic, underground favorites Swollen Members took an unexpected break. Member Mad Child had some addiction and legal issues to work out, and while the latter isn't the best fuel for a hip-hop song, the former can be -- and is -- in the hands of the Members. Mad Child's anti-pill track "My Life" is arguably the most moving track here, and not so arguably, the most revealing track the crew has recorded to date, and the rabid fans will no doubt cherish this look inside the rapper's head.
Swollen Members have a lot to be ashamed of. The newest disc from the once-innovative Vancouver group assaults you with 18 contrived, lazy tracks. The best is a seven-year-old re-release, Red Dragon, from when Moka Only gave this outfit some class. [rssbreak] The other Members dig their graves on Pornstar, with its rock guitar solos and lame lyrics, and on Flyest, a pathetic scramble for commercial success that incorporates tired topics (rides, hos, guns, money) and Auto-Tuned sonic nausea.