G Band Free
Backwards Crown


4.5
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Review

by Pheromone USER (3 Reviews)
January 26th, 2014 | 12 replies | 603 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “It’s All Alright”

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

G Band Free are pretty unconventional when you get down to it. They are able to mix a variety of Hip Hop elements with instrumentation you can expect from the best of bands to create an album unlike any other.

Interestingly enough G band Free aren’t well known. They aren’t famous and they never were, this is both unfortunate and fortunate as this album was never made for the mainstream and it seems clichéd and silly to say but this album is different. It isn’t just your run of the mill hip hop album. With this being their sole album you would expect the production to suck, but it doesn't, quite the contrary actually. The production is a fresh of breath air incorporating simple beats and mixing them with some brilliant bass lines and a range of other skilled instrumentation in that which comes together like a puzzle. It feels relaxing and groovy but if necessary G Band aren't afraid to switch the beats upside down using risky lines and they are all the better for it.

The lyrics in this album are a new god in their own right, they can transform you. When you listen to this album you are no longer just a listener, you are part of it. The lyrics alone can shape you left and right, they can transform your emotions, invert the thought in your head, the lyrics alone will change you from an observer into an artist and then as soon as you become this new character it will change you into a teenage version of yourself, you bask in your old self but have no time because you are now a swimmer climbing up the tallest waterfall. my point here is that you could become anything, your hopes and dreams could be fulfilled and then crushed in a time zone of 5 minutes (easily at that point), It’s different for everyone.

The album isn't perfect because at times it can seem inconsistent changing from a fast paced flow into a soulful hook but in some ways this adds to the charm of the album, in others it takes away some of it. And while nitpicking the album can feel slightly sudden in that some songs are unnecessarily long while others are unfortunately short. Backwards Crown stays at only 38 minutes which is unfortunate because they could have developed some of these songs into classics, still these are such small factors in the bigger picture.

From the first track this band know where you are, they can seduce you into listening, gripping your full attention they twist and turn your emotions, they will serve and return you into all different realms of feelings. At one time you could feel relaxed then the next you’ll be transcript into an area of sadness. It’s a nostalgic album from the first time you listen to it because it easily uses elements of 90s hip hop mixed with some current production styles and some timeless instrumentals, it makes it look like doing this is a piece of cake because of how good they are at it. The album is as relaxing as it is beautiful; it’s smooth and subtle but gripping and melancholy, they mold an original style which you will have never seen before but aren’t afraid to go back to some inspirations of theirs for relevance. This is a once in a life time experience.

“I’m not what my genre promises that I would be”


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Pheromone
January 26th 2014



3397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First review and all that.
I saw the album had no reviews so I felt I'd go ahead and try to write one myself. I'm no reviewer that's for sure but I'd definitely appreciate some criticism, cheers!

EDIT: If you want a good place to start with the album try the song 'Sleep' It's definitely my personal favourite. The whole album is up for free on their website I think.

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WashboardSuds
January 26th 2014



4983 Comments


sounds coo

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2014



9069 Comments


Welcome to the world of reviewing Nerd!

This is pretty solid for a first review in terms of describing the album well but holy commas! Nah
but seriously, lots of their sentences in this review are not even sentences at all. For example:

"The album isn’t perfect, at times it can seem inconsistent changing from a fast paced flow into a
soulful hook"

There is stuff like this scattered throughout your entire review. Maybe put a period in between
perfect and at? Or maybe even consider putting "And"?

FYI, if you plan on starting to review, you will get very good at it. Just takes a little doin

SadAndHolyGlow
January 26th 2014



1499 Comments


Awesome! Congrats on your first review.

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Pheromone
January 27th 2014



3397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Mongi Cheers man, I have a tendency to overuse commas so I agree with what you said. I'll try to touch it up a bit when I get home.

FadedSun
January 27th 2014



1243 Comments


Checked a few songs of this last night and I'm really digging it. I'll try and listen to the whole album.

Pheromone
January 27th 2014



3397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice man, It gets better after every listen imo.

Pheromone
February 16th 2014



3397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You seriously do find something different to admire with this one every time.

Ryus
March 1st 2014



2118 Comments


Sounds cool, probably going to download soon

Pheromone
March 16th 2014



3397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

did you?

Pheromone
May 17th 2014



3397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wish I could find a record or CD copy of this.

Pheromone
May 17th 2014



3397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my dreams keep putting me down
keep wearing me down
and when I wake I'm on the ground

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