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Monsters In The Closet

Swollen Members Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Intro
2. Steppin Thru
3. Breath (featuring Nelly Furtado)
4. Fuel Injected (remix, featuring Saukrates)
5. Battle Axe Exclusive
6. Heavy Thinkers
7. English Breakfast
8. Red Dragon
9. Bring It Home
10. Zenith
11. Members Only
12. Act on It
13. Long Way Down
14. Temptation
15. The Capitol
16. Crunch
17. Northern Lights
18. Rockapella
19. Freak Fantastic
20. New Details

Product Description

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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 Hughes

Album Description

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 Records.

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is an album for S+M newcomers... Dec 26 2002
By Cancer
Format:Audio CD
In all honesty I would NOT recommend this album to anyone who owns the earliest Battle Axe compilation or Balance. I dont know what Rob [the Viking] was thinking but it sounds like the re-release of Bad Dreams all over again. And I thought a re-release was bad enough. Not to say Bad Dreams was a bad album...it lost some of the edge of Balance so that it could slide more easily to the mainstream of Canadian music but its not like it turned into Jarule. Its just when you hash something up over and over again pretty soon youre left with nothing. I am just hoping to hear something much different their next time around as a person who owns much of the Battle Axe library.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars S+M aLL tHe WaY! Feb. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
Overall, this album was totally awesome. It has hard-hitting tracks like Red Dragon, Crunch and Freak Fantasic, and softer tracks like Long Way Down. This album has something for everyone! Whether you're into Swollen's underground vibe, or their newer, more 'mainstream' vibe. For all those people that say Monsters In The Closet is tottaly different than Balance, they are absolutely right. I believe the reason for this is that S+M have found that 'formula' that they have mentioned several times. But without taking on some of this 'formula' Swollen might not be as sucessful as they are today. They are not 'sell outs' like some of you think. They are grounded, they know where they came from, and they know where they want to go. They are UnDeRgRoUnD fOrEvEr, and will never loose that underground vibe or influence. This album is great, and if you like hip hop of any sort, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swollen again brings it home Feb. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
Again Cananda's most renound rap band have done it again. Introducing a new breed of hip-hop to the world and guess what?...it works. Compiled of some old tracks that have been made up to date and a few new tracks that still breathe of the same swollen members that we all know form the first and second album. While Stepin thru uses moko only's vocals to create a calm and laid back effect,i'm alive is a more grittier track and there is also the more serious side on a long way down using Sarah Maclaglan's vocals as the harmony in the song. This is a must buy for any Swollen members fans and also for anyone who likes hip-hop and rap. Believe me u will like!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No doubt about it....... Aug. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this cd rocks! All the songs are different. There's hip-hop, there's rap, there's underground. It's a mix of all good music. Though, temptation, track 15, is a little bit...uh...rude at some points, but this what makes this c.d a harmless teenagers c.d. The only song I dislike is track 18, but I must admit, it has a catchy tune. Bring it home, one of my fav. songs, it's one of their biggest hits yet, Breath feat. Nelly Furtardo, veryy good song, mixes the sounds of Nelly's pop with their rap/underground/hip-hop talent. Fuel Injected- my fav. song, very very catchy song. I would reccomend this c.d to anyone, it's one of my favs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album by Vancouver's Own Nov. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mad Child and Prevail deliver a solid performance on the Swollen Members latest release from Battle Axe Records, Monsters in the Closet.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album 2 1/2 kills with scalpal precision Nov. 16 2002
By Ryan
Format:Audio CD
Swollen Members bring yet again an ubelievable mix of power and finesse to the ears of true hip-hoppers world wide. Prevail and Madchild with the rejoining of Moka Only and addition of Rob the Viking offer amazement round every corner. Unreleased tracks, mixes, and b-sides round out this album between albums. With Nelly Furtado seducing us with a catchy verse on 'Breathe' and Sarah Maclachlan on 'Long Way Down' Canadian pride shines through. In addition guest MC's, producers, and scratchers add to the highlight reel. BUY THIS!! Keep Climbing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Battleaxe Exclusive Nov. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album is a compilation of remixes,rare tracks, and new songs..another classic from battle axe records...and Prevail have created another masterpeice to add to their collection...The underrated canadian emcees have as much talent as any other commercial emcee without a doubt. S+M's lyrics are complicated and sometimes confusing, infact if you're a little hollow upstair's you might not understand their lyrics at all...however this album is definately worth 5 stars....Buy it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Did'nt like bad dream, buy this. Nov. 15 2002
By DJ-H-OS
Format:Audio CD
Basically this CD is a collection of unreleased tracks, singles, and remixes. The good thing about this is there are a lot of tracks that were recorded when Madchild still had skills. Brings back some of the style and sound from Balance. All in all I was not dissapointed by this CD. Check it out if your a fan or if you lost hope in Swollen. They probably hate me for writing a review like this, Oh well nothing wrong with a little constructive critisism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Great Guests!
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 more
Published on Dec 4 2011 by RookieRecurve
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible.
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
Published on March 12 2005 by Shana
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Album
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 more
Published on May 25 2004 by Hasafienda
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best swollen members album, but good
This is a great album, but Bad Dreams is better
They lost their touch, but it's different
My favourite song is Freak Fantastic
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by A Disturbing Tha Peace and Star Trak Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY this CD
swollen members has skills. they're not about that bootleg fake gangsta rap, they're actually lyrical...
Published on April 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY this CD
swollen members has skills. they're not about that bootleg fake gangsta rap, they're actually lyrical....
Published on April 11 2003 by dams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Please Be Warned!
This release is without a doubt swollen member's worst album yet.
Please Be Warned, DO NOT buy this Cd if you like swollen members. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Enriko
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