Monsters in the Closet
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2002 album from Swollen Members is set to take them to an even higher level. The album includes banging new singles & remixes taking the raw heavy substance of Balance (1999) and combining it with the polished maturity of Bad Dreams (2001). Battleaxe Reco
Vancouver's Swollen Members are at the forefront of hip-hop's new world order and anyone who doubts it need only consult Monsters in the Closet. Though an odds-and-sods collection with a few new songs, Monsters still sports the kind of guest list worthy of a velvet rope and shifty guys with thick necks. Nelly Furtado, Saukrates, Moka Only, DJ Vadim and, via sample, Sarah McLachlan(!) join Prevail and Mad Child as the pair mash up inky, insistent beats with conscious rhymes and an after-dark menace that seems to seep into the skin. Some moments here are staggering--Prevail's throwdown in "Rockapella" for instance, finds the MC grocery-listing contemporary artists from Crash Test Dummies to Rage Against the Machine, Nice Inch Nails, Grapes of Wrath, 10,000 Maniacs, and Cowboy Junkies among dozens of others, improbably interconnecting their names to make a coherent statement. Furtado sounds positively heavyweight on "Breath" backed by the Members crew at full tilt, while the vaguely cartoonish and obscenely catchy "Bring It Home" is already a classic on par with Len's "Steal My Sunshine," only waaay funkier. --Kim HughesSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, if you have never owned or listened through another Swollen album before this may just be your ticket in. I still have to recommend Balance though for anyone who is looking for S+M with more of an underground feel.
As far as remix albums are concerned, this one is pretty damn tight. There's some really cool new takes on some of the tunes from Bad Dreams which make for a great listen, and should probably hold me over until their next LP.
Appearances by Moka Only and fellow Vancouverite Nelly Furtado also add to the mix which makes for a pretty tasty musical gumbo.
Overall, it's another solid outing from the Swollen Members.
Most recent customer reviews
This album has a good energy and charged vibe to it. There are a lot of great guests on this album. My favourite being Nelly Furtado. The mix is incredible! Read morePublished on Dec 4 2011 by RookieRecurve
I remember waiting months on end for the release of this album.
The day it was released, I bought it. Took it home. Read more
Swollen Members is better than most out there currently. Monsters in the Closet is a great album. I have three of their cd's and am planning on buying Balance soon. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Hasafienda
This is a great album, but Bad Dreams is better
They lost their touch, but it's different
My favourite song is Freak Fantastic
swollen members has skills. they're not about that bootleg fake gangsta rap, they're actually lyrical...Published on April 11 2003
swollen members has skills. they're not about that bootleg fake gangsta rap, they're actually lyrical....Published on April 11 2003 by dams
A great mix of old, new and remixed songs. A great example of Swollen Members and raw British Columbian talent! Well worth your money.Published on March 4 2003