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Body Count - Murder for Hire Review

by Jofo

Finally, a new CD by Body Count! It's a tough one to figure out, though. Potential listeners will fall into one of two camps, I suspect: either they will find that this CD represents a band's musical evolution way back to their rap roots, or it'll be disappointment to them because it features more rap than metal. Thematically, this CD is either sarcastic or hypocritical, it's hard to determine when the songs range from the unrealistic ramblings of a total pacifist advocating a jump on the anti- war bandwagon hysteria, to songs about killing people & being in a gang at the other end. Sometimes racism is bad; sometimes it's ok, when it's Body Count doing the hating. Yup, a hard to figure out but solid album that nu metal kids might like the sound of & posers that listen to gangsta rap might hate the message of.

A couple of the songs are noteworthy, "Relationships" is really funny, and "You Don't Know Me (Feel my Pain)" does an excellent job shining the spotlight on what rap should glorify rather than the ho's & Cristal & excesses it revels in instead.

About 3.5 stars, I'd say. What a weird, hard to pigeon hole CD, but it's nice that a comeback album is this well done. Too bad they didn't stay closer to the metal foundation they worked so hard to lay, that set them apart from so many other bands.

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Label:Escapi Music

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