Length - 74:15
There's no doubt about it, Chief Xcel and The Gift of Gab are two of the most ingenious and unrelenting figures of hip-hop. There are some brilliant moments on Blazing Arrow, when the quick rhymes, samples, scratching, everything, when they all come into place, there's just something incredible going on. Songs that really hit that spot for me are Blazing Arrow, with the awesome Harry Nilson sample and great lyrics, Make you feel that way, an awesome, breezy track that just makes you feel that way, and Release, a massive, incredibly passionate megatrack.
At other times though, this cd sounds really trite to me. Songs like Greenlight: Now Begin, Nowhere Fast, and Passion are all pretty weak. Greenlight is too long and there's just something disconcerting about the beats and the backup singers, they just don't blend together well at all. Nowhere Fast is probably my least favorite track. It really doesn't go anywhere fast, and it's very boring. Passion is a non sequitur on this album, it's an angry track with a crappy electric guitar loop and average rhymes. It strays far to much from the collective feel of the record. There's some decent scratching at the end, but that's about it.
Overall though, there are definitely more good moments than bad ones. Other tracks I didn't mention before that are really good include First in Flight, Day One and Purest Love. I wouldn't quite call this a groundbreaking record, because there are to many highs and lows, but I would recommend the album for the highs, which are indeed wonderfully high-reaching.