Murs
Murs For President


3.0
good

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
December 8th, 2009 | 11 replies | 3,929 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In an effort to please everybody this album ultimately satisfies nobody

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

In his major label debut, Murs tries to be all things to all people meaning that everyone will find something that they like in this album but won't get enough of what they want. After albums where he worked exclusively with one producer he reaches out to variety of beatmakers with mixed results. It may have seemed that his collaborations with 9th Wonder were getting stale but on this album the three tracks produced by 9th are definite highlights and the chemistry between the two is undeniable.

A collaboration with new labelmate Will.i.am is an attempt at radioplay and leaves you wondering if this is the same rapper from 3:16 or much less The End of the Beginning when you hear Will.i.iam's "People in the front let me see your head bobble" towards the end of the track which contains an equally corny sample of "Theme from Green Hornet". Soul samples like "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by Michael Jackson on the 9th Wonder-esque "Can It Be" work nicely as does the work by 9th himself who while not doing anything new does what he does very well: catchy soul based beats.

Hearing "Road Is My Religion" reminds me why I like Murs in the first place, instead of glamorizing the life of a performer (like most rappers do) he talks about how tough that life is "Home for one month then gone for two more". He gives the listener a peak behind the curtain of what it's like to constantly be on the road over a Mr. Khaliyl beat with synth sounds a bit reminiscent of El-P. He's at his best when he's being honest and shows real emotions like on the beautiful "A Part of Me" and "Break Up (The OJ Song)" were he talks about relationship troubles."Break Up (The OJ Song)" in particular with a sample from Anthony Hamilton's "Charlene" surprisingly not produced by 9th Wonder is a standout track "Everything I do it reminds me of you/ Eveything I see it reminds me of we" truly being real and not being afraid to show his softer side. A major part of Murs' appeal has always been the fact that he's such a down to earth regular guy but attempts to broaden his fanbase like "Sooo Comfortable" and "Time Is Now" feat. Snoop Dogg longtime Murs fans are left scratching their heads.

Some of the weaker tracks include both Nottz's contributions "Me and This Jawn" and "Think You Know Me" the latter with its chorus "You might that you know me you know where I'm coming from you might think everything's all good but at the end of the day you're all wrong" is downight cringe-worthy. The majority of this album seems like a departure for Murs but album closer "Breakthrough" produced by 9th Wonder ends the album on a high note.

This album is more of a sample platter than a full meal meaning that it seems great at first glance because there so many different things on it but once you sort through what you DON'T like, what's left is not enough to satiate your hunger. Ultimately there is not enough of what Murs' fans have come to expect from him but tracks like "I'm Innocent" and "The Science" are reminders of what Murs is great at: storytelling, talking about what's wrong with the world and trying to make it a better place. The album title is ironic in that this is Murs' major label debut and like a presidential candidate you must make some compromises to get to please certain people but you run the risk of alienating others



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hydeyomoney
December 8th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed this album is mediocre.

somberlain
December 8th 2009



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Maybe I was too tough on it because I expected more from him.
Feel free to critique my review, any feedback would be appreciated

AggravatedYeti
December 8th 2009



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ya pretty much

Kyle
December 8th 2009



667 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Seems like everyone is in agreement - major label debut was pretty weak.

Shame, because I dig older Murs solo albums

Roach
December 8th 2009



2149 Comments


pretty much agree with this review

somberlain
December 8th 2009



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

come on guys this is boring, you're supposed to say "what's wrong with you this album is much better/worse"!

hydeyomoney
December 8th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

well i disagree with most people, never thought Murs was as good as anyone ever said. There are much better underground MCs or, better yet, MCs in general.

qwe3
December 8th 2009



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

never even bothered to listen to anything by this guy.

Inveigh
December 8th 2009



24945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review man, have a pos. This pretty much sums up my feelings on the album too -- the tracks you named as being standout (i.e. The Science, Can It Be, The Breakthrough) are definitely my favorites; and I agree about the poor tracks too.

Murs had a nice comeback with the new Felt, and he needed it. This one was very disappointing, especially coming off the underrated Murray's Revenge.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

cirq
December 8th 2009



9263 Comments


theres a couple good tracks on this.

qwe3
July 18th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is pretty cool



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