NEVER BETTER (2X12 INCH CLEAR VINYL)
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1. let it rattle
2. drumroll (we?re all thirsty)
3. savion glover
5. graves (we wrote the book)
7. get smokes
8. been afraid
9. low light low life
10. the basics
11. out of category
12. optimist (we are not for them)
14. never better
P.O.S. returns with Never Better, February 3rd on Rhymesayers. It?s the follow-up to 2006?s critically acclaimed Audition. Most of P.O.S? new album was written in a moving car. On it, he raps at full-clip to ride rolling drums and revving distortion. There?s an urgency that he keeps in careful check, and then unleashes for spring-loaded verses that represent his best work. P.O.S built his reputation as an innovator, with an unlikely punk rock past and expressive, honest content. He re-earns the accolades with every release. His records capture his charisma-they?re driving and sincere, the dark moments counterbalanced by some giggling banter with the engineer. On Never Better, the new disc, he conjures get-away cars, racing chariots, the pursuit of sirens, and the occasional rueful nighttime drive.
P.O.S. himself made more than half of the beats on Never Better, and the production bears his unmistakable signature. The album enters a room like bombshell with a black eye-badass, noisy, impossible to ignore. Feedback and relentless drum rolls are only occasionally tempered by sung choruses and clean, chiming guitar lines. Some critics will be eager to categorize the album as a hybrid-some kind of crossover project. But it?s probably not. P.O.S is a rapper with range, he?s a real musician and an unstoppable performer. For him, genres are as they ever were: permeable.