A lot of turbulence has been passing around the new Outlandish album lately,
but what do we fans really have to say about it? Well, the Elmoro4life.com crew have taken a belated, yet extensive look at the album.
So what has actually changed from Closer Than Veins? The initial observation might be that the Outland boys whom we all love so much have gone mainstream as so many others have before them.
The album starts off with mindless fun, as a well-known sample by Cheb Khaled rolls in, it seems 'Abdel Kader' is the next in the row of Cheb Khaled songs that have been sampled by Outlandish. Nevertheless, the song sets the tone for the rest of the album, with a slight sense of a deeper meaning, but not quite the penetration of the subject matter as was seen in the last three albums, which isn't what we've come to expect.
Immdiatly noticeable is the finesse of Waqas Qadri's flow, Isam bachiri's crisp Vocal and Lenny Martinez's smooth rap, the boys have definitely improved since their last outing.
The same can be said about the productions on 'Sound of A Rebel', which amount to a great deal of variety and a consistantly high level of quality.
The list continues with a cavalcade of Hip Hop-themed RnB songs, there are some great new ideas here, and (thank God) a few songs which return to the element of the pure-blood Hip-Hop which we learned to love with 'Bread and Barrels of Water'.
Amongst others, the songs 'LeVanta', 'Amen', 'Crash N' Burn' as well as "Crowd-Pleaser" 'Feels Like Saving the World' mark the pinnacles of the newly released album lyrically (and musically).
That said, 'Sound of a Rebel' is far from perfect, there is practically no element of rebelliousness, nor any challenging, thought-provoking statements, which is a shame since it was what kept us fans returning to the albums as frequently as we did.
Furthermore, It's been 4 long years since Closer Than Veins. Was the wait worth the while? Yes. But for the love of God, Outlandish! Dont make us wait another 4 years for the next album!
Finally, is the album reccomendable? Yes. Although there's no reason for saying that, seeing as by now, if you're a fan of Outlandish, you've already bought (downloaded) the album, listened to every song, learned all the lyrics by heart and are waiting for the next music video.
4/5 Stars - Great