Their overtly political stance seems about as contemporary as The Cabbage Patch Kids.
Adam Webb 2005-08-10
With 50 Cent applauding the Bush administration for its post-hurricane New Orlean's clean-up, it might be understating it to claim that hip hop has changed somewhat since Public Enemy's late Eighties heyday. Their overtly political stance seems about as contemporary as The Cabbage Patch Kids.
But they remain a relevant voice. And - despite that appalling pun of a title and Flavor Flav's unsavoury appearance on Channel 5's Farm - this is a surprisingly decent album. OK, it's not A Nation Of Millions... , but Chuck D is still one of raps all-time great voices and always worth tuning in to.
Lacking that classic Bomb Squad production their overall power is lessened.That said, on trackslike"Superman's Black In The Building" - which mutates into a11-minute jazz freakout - Public Enemy retain their capacity to surprise and enthral.