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Outkast - Speakerboxxx/Love Below Double C/D £2.37 @ Choices
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/Love Below  Double C/D £2.37 @ Choices

Outkast - Speakerboxxx/Love Below Double C/D £2.37 @ Choices

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Great band ...prefer thier earlier stuff..but this is good also

This is Outkast's fifth outing, and the Atlanta duo has split down the middle to make a double album. Speakerboxxx belongs to the apparent player, Big Boi, and The Love Below is the product of the so called (filthy minded) poet, Dre. They help each other out here and there but...you get the general idea.

Of the two Speakerboxxx is most clearly the offspring of 2000's masterpiece, Stankonia. The opening track "Ghetto Musick" jumps from hardcore rave to sauna soul without pausing for breath, a curiously addictive juxtaposition. The frantic pace continues from there on in as we jump from electro, to P-funk to swing, via mariachi, techno and whatever else takes Boi's fancy. It's hip hop, but not as we've known it.

There's humour, including the seeming ode to casual footwear, "Flip-Flop Rock", and the odd bit of sex; but on the whole it's social and political issues which come to the fore. The difficulties of being a single parent, the horror of war with Iraq and the dangers of organised religion are all here; gunshots and gangsters are notable by their absence.

Cutsie, kinky and complex - Dre's half of the deal is an altogether stranger brew. Sex and love are explored from numerous perspectives, varying from what Dracula did on his wedding night to, on the dubiously titled "Age Aint Nothing But A Number", sleeping with an older woman. There's even a conversation with God, who's a woman and seems to be helping Dre find a girlfriend!

The music is a wondrous concoction. Prince, gospel, drum and bass, Frank Sinatra (and Zappa!), they're all in there somewhere...there's even a bit of cocktail jazz in the form of the foot tapping "Love Hater". It's confusing, bemusing and exciting - all at the same time.

What more is there to say about these two magnificent albums? There's guests a plenty, including Jay-Z on Speakerboxxx and Kelis, Norah Jones and R Kelly on The Love Below. It's hilarious and thought provoking, goes on for hours (without ever getting boring) and is the most ambitious piece of pop you'll hear this year. I love it. --Matt Harvey

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tracklist..

Disc 1
1 Intro - Outkast
2 GhettoMusick - Outkast
3 Unhappy - Outkast
4 Bowtie Featuring Sleepy Brown & Jazze Pha - Outkast
5 The Way You Move Featuring Sleepy Brown - Outkast
6 The Rooster - Outkast
7 Bust Featuring Killer Mike - Outkast
8 War - Outkast
9 Church - Outkast
10 Bamboo (Interlude) - Outkast
11 Tomb Of The Boom Featuring Konkrete, Big Gipp & Ludacris - Outkast
12 E - Outkast
13 Knowing - Outkast
14 Flip Flop Rock Featuring Killer Mike & Jay - Outkast
15 Interlude - Outkast
16 Reset Featuring Khujo Goodie & Cee - Outkast
17 D - Outkast
18 Last Call Featuring Slimm Calhoun, Lil¿ Jon & The East Side Boyz & Mello - Outkast
19 Bowtie (Postlude) - Outkast
Disc 2
1 The Love Below (Intro) - Outkast
2 Love Hater - Outkast
3 God (Interlude) - Outkast
4 Happy Valentine¿s Day - Outkast
5 Spread - Outkast
6 Where Are My Panties? - Outkast
7 Prototype - Outkast
8 She Lives In My Lap - Outkast
9 Hey Ya! - Outkast
10 Roses - Outkast
11 Good Day, Good Sir - Outkast
12 Behold A Lady - Outkast
13 Pink & Blue - Outkast
14 Love In War - Outkast
15 She¿s Alive - Outkast
16 Dracula¿s Wedding Featuring Kelis - Outkast
17 My Favorite Things - Outkast
18 Take Off Your Cool Featuring Norah Jones - Outkast
19 Vibrate - Outkast
20 A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre - Outkast

I've seen this in various poundland stores also for anybody who has one nearby

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I've seen this in various poundland stores also for anybody who has one … I've seen this in various poundland stores also for anybody who has one nearby



sounds good why dont you share it on here
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