Sole and the Skyrider Band’s latest album, Plastique, is an interesting experimental hip-hop album that is crippled by its own ambitions. That’s not to say it’s bad; each of the tracks feature a unique sound. Traditional low basslines are mixed with industrial notes and even acoustic instruments to give the album a catchy but dark tone. This compliments the lyrics, which are intellectual observations on culture and the music industry. It’s just a shame you won’t hear most of the words. Sole delivers his lyrics so quickly, with such a soft voice, that it’s impossible to hear him over the music. This is really unfortunate because the album has some entrancing beats and is a treat to listen to otherwise. Check it out. Just make sure you have the lyrics nearby when you do.

Published in Volume 64, Number 14 of The Uniter (December 3, 2009)

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