Goodie Mob – 'Age Against the Machine' album review

An education for latecomers with more edge than you'd expect

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<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5


These are exciting times for fans of dirty south hip hop. Janelle Monáe has a new album out next week. There are rumours of new Andre 3000 music on the way. Big Boi hasn’t – as was rumoured – decided to sink to the depths of an appearance on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ alongside Ron Atkinson and someone out of ‘Geordie Shore’. And, for the first time since 1999’s misfiring ‘World Party’, Goodie Mob are back.

‘Age Against the Machine’ finds the foursome – now all around 40 ­– in the kind of belligerent mood which will surprise those who only know member Cee Lo Green as the rotund pop-soul belter of ‘Fuck You’ and Gnarls Barkley fame. ‘I’m Set’, even without its disorientating video, feels suitably harsh and militant, while ‘The Ghost of Gloria Goodchild’ is positively vengeful. Monáe lends her considerable pop acumen to ‘Special Education’ but even here there’s considerable grit and grime bubbling just below the surface; a cutting edge that would be beyond most elder statesmen. An education for latecomers – ‘Age Against the Machine’ overflows with invention, humour and biting social comment.

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