Release Date: Dec 8, 2009
Record label: Blackground
Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Rap, R&B
P.O.S. :: Chill, dummyDoomtree RecordsAuthor: Patrick TaylorI've been a fan of Stefon "P.O.S." Alexander since his debut nearly 10 years ago. On "Audition" and 2009's "Never Better," he proved himself to be one of the few artists who could successfully meld punk rock and hip-hop. Fellow Minnesotans ….
Shock Value produced a pair of smash singles in “Give It to Me” and “The Way I Are,” thus necessitating a sequel. Timbaland does not stock Shock Value II with quite as many guests, and performs a higher percentage of the vocals, and what results is less schizophrenic and more directly pop than its antecedent. The highs here are not as high, and the lows are as low, unless you consider the very presence of Chad Kroeger and Daughtry, or the unveiling of Brandy’s rapping alter ego Bran’ Nu, to be more odious than a sub-Coldplay ballad.
ALICIA KEYS“The Element of Freedom”(J) Through most of “The Element of Freedom” Alicia Keys sings processionals. They’re slow, clean songs with semi-classical acoustic piano, soft-pop chord changes and simple, prominent hip-hop beats. They’ve nearly got a social purpose: They underline acts of inspired dignity, or informed desire, or virtuous defiance.