This week’s selection is Jurassic 5’s Power in Numbers.
Try as I might, I just can’t get into J5. I mean, I appreciate their throwback appealâ€”I can actually remember when my older brother would share his UTFO tapes with me, so I’ve got some knowledge of when crews had actual chemistry. And the chemistry with J5 is undeniable.
They just don’t do much for me. I like the concept, but not the execution.
More often than not, I zone out when listening to them. Their flows are technically flawless, but not really impressive. The beats are adequate, but equally unimpressive. I’ve listened to this album numerous times and not a thing stands out enough for me to remember it (in fact, based on the number of times I’ve listened to it this week I’m apt to believe that I actually gave it a good chance when I bought it and it was equally boring back then).
There aren’t really any “bad” songs on this album, just unmemorable ones. This album is like that plain girl from high school; the one who exists on the periphery of your memory. Only unlike that girl at your reunion, this album hasn’t blossomed over time. It’s still just an album that Bert from Sesame Street would like. But as I recall, Bert was also a big fan of oatmeal.