Sol.Illaquists Of Sound
The 4th Wall Part I


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Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
June 8th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No one will care about part II

With a recent appearance at the Soundset hip-hop festival and constant touring, Orlando hip-hop collective Sol.Illaquists of Sound have been putting work in to establish their own brand of conscious, yet experimental hip-hop. Typically a region where rap quality is determined by quantity of boats-in-music video, 2009's No More Heroes flipped this notion on its head with producer Divinci expounding electronic-inflected beat science about MC Swamburger and Alexandrah's technical (and sometimes synchronous) vocal attack. The 4th Wall Part I had pretty high expectations, but falls grievously short.

Instead of extending what made their prior release so enjoyable and groundbreaking, SoS have reverted by way of Gym Class Heroes to a less-challenging form of pop-rock influenced hip-hop. The production isn't as adventurous Divinci is capable of, but doesn't detract nearly as much from the overall package as the surprisingly weak songwriting. While the MCs have a lot to say (and say it well), they are lost when the compositions focus around simple power chord progressions and straight up radio rock. The fad of mixing rock and hip-hop has long overstayed its welcome such that it's anachronistic for the Sol.Illaquists to be doing this at all, especially in 2012. At least the closer hearkens back to earlier days in "Suite of a Thousand Thank Yous", but it's too little, too late. Hopefully, The 4th Wall Part II brings the group closer to what made them a force to be reckoned with - but after Part I it's hard to care.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2012


10381 Comments


Only reason I know these guys is from that Dark Time Sunshine track.

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2012


4507 Comments


quite possibly the worst album art ever.

PuddlesPuddles
June 8th 2012


4787 Comments


Oh wow. And I just got done praising No More Heroes to a friend, wondering what they were up to

Kris.
June 8th 2012


12509 Comments


Sol.Illaquists Of Sound sounds amazingly pretentious and the album art is reeeetardeeed

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 8th 2012


4954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah name/ art aren't the greatest, but no more heroes was awesome. record before that wasn't too bad either. really disappointed in this.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2012


7320 Comments


Dang my comment got deleted haha. Apologies Sobhi - was just pulling your leg; no offense meant.

PorkchopExpress
June 8th 2012


389 Comments


I got as far as "Gym Class Heroes" before I realized it wasn't even worth wasting my time checking out for myself.

Inveigh
June 8th 2012


25176 Comments


No More Heroes ruled, this sounds pretty terrible. album art just caps it off..

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BallsToTheWall
June 9th 2012


44805 Comments


Good review. Cant seem to find a link for this but ill keep searching

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KritikalMotion
June 10th 2012


2262 Comments


people should definitely check out their other two albums though

was sad when i got this, thought it was just a slow start but it never got better

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2012


24089 Comments


great album art

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Hep Kat
June 10th 2012


15362 Comments


have this but i haven't listened to it yet. no more heroes was my jam 2-3 years ago, so i would be pretty disappointed if this is as bad as you say it is

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 10th 2012


4954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i listened thru no more heroes a few times just to check if maybe my taste changed a ton since that record, but it just solidified my opinion further :[

almost every track on no more heroes was solid or awesome, really disappointed in this.

SwayzeFaced
June 11th 2012


349 Comments


ill have to give this a listen.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2012


28784 Comments


no more heroes was so good

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Inveigh
June 11th 2012


25176 Comments


yea it is, that horn part in dolla dolla gets me every time

omnipanzer
January 22nd 2013


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too bad, I loved No More Heroes.

omnipanzer
February 6th 2013


21660 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't agree at all, I find it to be every bit as good as No More Heroes. If anything it's fault it for not being enough of a progression.



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