I must confess... I was not an Outkast fan since the beginning. I was one of the many people who jumped on the Outkast bandwagon in 2000 with Stankonia. After B.O.B, Ms. Jackon, and So Fresh, So Clean, I completely forgot about Outkast until 2003 (shame on me) when Speakerboxx/The Love Below came out. I bought this album in haste when it came out and instantly loved it. After hearing all the songs on Speakerboxx/The Love Below about 100,000 times each, I decided to buy ATLiens, with a bit of skepticism.
And guess what? I have no regrets whatsoever. But enough about me. This album, to put it simply, is off the chain. Unlike mainstream rap today, where the same stuff is rapped about over and over (at least some of the songs sound good), this album thinks outside the box. It starts out with "Two Dope Boyz", a great way to kick off the album. This track, though short at only 2:46, lives up to its name; it's DOPE. Next is the eerie, out of this world "ATLiens", with its funky laid-back alien beat and the crazy wordplay by Big Boi in the 1st verse. Then comes the best song on the album in my opinion, "Wheelz of Steel". This one definately should of been released as a single, its got a really catchy hook, mad scratching and sweet beat. Tracks 5 & 6, "Jazzy Belle" & "Elevators" are both excellent slow tracks with the same crazy lyrics and beats you'd expect from Outkast. Other standouts on this CD include "Mainstream", "E.T. (Extraterrestrial)", & "13th Floor/Growing Old", a piano-based with a touching melody. The rest isn't quite as good, but it's nothing worth hitting the fast-forward button on.
If you want to see where the Album of the Year Speakerboxx/The Love Below came from, pick up this album. Definately a CD to add to one's collection.
P.S. Pick up Speakerboxx/The Love Below if you haven't already!