Murs & Terrace Martin
Melrose


1.5
very poor

Review

by Inveigh USER (10 Reviews)
March 1st, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If Melrose Place had a soundtrack… you’d be better off listening to that.

Watching Murs’ albums regress in quality since Murray’s Revenge has been tough, but as the old analogy goes: it's a car accident – you know it’s bad, but damn near impossible to avert your eyes. Both Murs For President and Fornever had a few redeeming tracks, and the mercurial rapper still possessed a small amount of his signature charismatic charm (even if his rhymes were far from inspired). Unfortunately with Melrose, it’s not cute anymore.

After a rough start, the album actually shows a small amount of promise as both “We’ve Got Something” and “Ding Dong” (yes, that’s the actual name of the song) sport catchy beats and some verses that don’t completely render the tracks unlistenable. Yet the ride goes downhill quickly from there. As it progresses, Melrose devolves into a litany of hip-hop clichés and generic rhyme-schemes. It’s tough to gauge exactly what Murs is trying to accomplish through this collaboration album with Terrace Martin (one of the worst rappers to come out of L.A. in a minute, though he does have some cred as a producer). On one hand, the beats are very reminiscent of the latest trends in backpack rap: electronic-based and light on traditional samples (think Odd Future or Cool Kids). But on the other hand, Murs and Terrace Martin are spitting single-syllable, not-even-clever rhymes about chasing tail on the strip, which wouldn’t really be out of the ordinary if it was 1993. The worst offense of all is that they sound like they aren’t even trying. While part of that could be the fact that Martin sounds like that guy in your high school gym class that does the “awesome Snoop Dogg impression,” this lack of effort from Murs is somewhat surprising and definitely appalling.

To put it frankly, the production on Melrose isn’t exactly breathtaking, but the album would have definitely been better served as a collection of instrumentals (or, the soundscape for a more vital rapper at this point). While the music lacks variety at times, every so often a musical flourish will pop up and catch the ear off guard (see the Parliament-esque synths in “Ding Dong” or the saxophone in “Dandruff”); but rest assured, whenever an occurrence such as this takes place Murs or Terrace will swiftly kick it in the groin before the listener can extract much enjoyment.

It’s sad that the same rapper who laid out such consistently captivating verses on albums like 3:16 and The End of the Beginning seems to have completely lost his touch – it may be time for Murs to hang up the proverbial sneakers. Only hardcore fans need apply.



Recent reviews by this author
Desolate Shrine The Sanctum of Human DarknessMac Lethal North Korean BBQ
Atmosphere To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade HolySage Francis Li(f)e
Mac Lethal The Original 11:11 SessionsDoomtree Doomtree
user ratings (5)
Chart.
1.6
very poor

Comments:Add a Comment 
Inveigh
March 1st 2011


25198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

first review in a long time; it's short -- but there's a reason for that : )

feedback would be much appreciated

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2011


31618 Comments


Is this the one I gave you? Damn..... my bad

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2011


28815 Comments


Watching Murs’ albums regress in quality with each consecutive release since Murray’s Revenge
has been hard to watch; but as the old analogy goes, it's like a car accident – you know it’s bad, but
also damn near impossible to avert your eyes.


First sentences are pretty important, and while this is a pretty good one, it could be better/tighter.


Watching Murs’ albums regress in quality since Murray’s Revenge has been hard, but as the old
analogy goes: it's car accident – you know it’s bad, but for some reason it's damn near impossible to
avert your eyes.


Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

Inveigh
March 1st 2011


25198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol yep -- I take it you haven't listened to it yet?

of course I'll always be interested to hear about new Murs stuff just because of how much I loved his older stuff (and a fair amount of Living Legends' albums as well), so I still appreciate the hook up.

thanks acad, I struggled with that one -- I like that much better.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2011


28815 Comments


also add a comma after

" redeeming tracks "

other than that, pos


Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2011


31618 Comments


though he does have some cred as producer)


Missing "a" between cred and producer

And nah, I never got round to checking it out. I've kinda given up on Murs, his half-hearted appearance on the last Skream album sealed the deal

AggravatedYeti
March 1st 2011


7685 Comments


man wtf murs.
why you gotta be like that?

Inveigh
March 1st 2011


25198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ok fixed it -- my internet decided to stop responding as soon as I clicked on the editor lol

thanks dudes.

Yeti -- you a fan of his older stuff?

random
March 1st 2011


2270 Comments


This sounds terrible!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 1st 2011


7464 Comments


Good review! Haven't heard anything out of this album thankfully.

Inveigh
March 1st 2011


25198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah there aren't too many users I can think of that would like this, but if anyone's interested in checking out what's probably the best song, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDDvIIu3FeA

AggravatedYeti
March 1st 2011


7685 Comments


I really like his first two albums with 9th Wonder. The End Of The Beginning and Murs For President are also pretty good.

the rest I've heard is either serviceable to complete shit. Like Fornever and his work with Slug.

the dude has a good flow and is a good writer he just makes fucking stupid production choices sometimes.

Inveigh
March 1st 2011


25198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I really like his first two albums with 9th Wonder. The End Of The Beginning and Murs For President are also pretty good.


agreed with that for sure, but even his rapping on this one's pretty bad (also though he was pretty mediocre on Fornever)

I love the first two Felt albums (especially the 2nd one) but yeah the rapping on Felt 3 left a lot to be desired. Luckily it had that dope-as-hell production from Aes Rizzle (wish he'd just rapped on it himself though)

AggravatedYeti
March 1st 2011


7685 Comments


haha I probably like the 2nd Felt the least. I think Rosie Perez is my favorite.

but yeah I don't really pay attention to his releases unless someone implores me--too inconsistent over the years.
This just looks dumb as hell. Like they're not super serial. But really are : (

Inveigh
March 1st 2011


25198 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^lol that's a perfect way to put it

I love Lisa Bonet because some of the lyrics on that album really hit me when I first heard it (especially The Biggest Lie) and it was probably the last time I thought Slug didn't sound forced/corny/old or whatever at all. Plus I've always been a sucker for Ant's production, especially in that era (mid-2000s)

somberlain
March 1st 2011


2121 Comments


but rest assured, whenever such an occurrence such as this takes place

maybe an extra "such" there?
great review, it's really sad to see an MC I really enjoyed fall so hard so fast : (

MCGF
March 1st 2011


361 Comments


album cover is hilariously bad

Urinetrouble
March 2nd 2011


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

albums a 2. I'm not a Murs guy myself

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 2nd 2011


4956 Comments


ive never liked murs tbh. didnt even like the one with 9th that much

Bulldog
March 2nd 2011


3796 Comments


terrible review, faggot.

neg'd



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy