Injury Reserve
Floss


4.5
superb

Review

by Finn Baker USER (16 Reviews)
December 20th, 2016 | 226 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Raised-by-the-Internet-and-had-no-Dad rap.

You've probably heard this phrase a few too many times. "I like such-and-such band, but you've probably never heard of them". If someone loved Injury Reserve, that's a phrase they likely used with their friends. Their last album was great, but the splash it made in the rap community was small. However, one of the most satisfying things that a music fan can experience is watching their favorite musical act rise beyond the underground status. They watch a band have a standout album, or a hit or two that grazes just the right spot, and the band achieves an elevated status.

That's what Injury Reserve did in the span of a year and a half. Their debut, Live From The Dentist Office, was a great album that brought astonishing production and peanut-butter hooks to the table. Almost exactly one year later, they dropped Oh Shit!!! which showcased the trunk-knocking abilities of the whole group. For six months, people got more and more excited for the next album. Now we have Floss, which is at least two notches better than what anyone had hoped.

Oh Shit!!! was the best song to use as the opening track, since it takes less than 60 seconds to get that listener in a certain mood. The animalistic voices and hyperactive delivery don't offer any choice but to start nodding your head. From this point, it is banger after banger. Nearly every song is full of clever rhymes and powerful hooks that beat their way into the brain. All This Money is a shopping anthem reminiscent of Macklemore's breakout single, and it uses repetition to its own advantage. What's Goodie features a verse from Cakes Da Killa, who ends up owning the entire song with an unbelievable performance. Eeny Meeny Miny Moe bursts through with an instrumental that calls back to Nine Inch Nails from the 90's. The lyrics themselves reference the immense popularity IR got from Oh Shit!!! in the underground community.

If the tracks on Floss aren't strong through complex instrumentals and seamless lyrics, they're strong emotionally. The track Keep On Slippin builds on a smooth vocal melody from one of the rappers, and discusses the subject of letting yourself down. It talks about being on the right track, and getting so confident in yourself that losing control is inevitable. The final track on the album is Look Mama I Did It, a bittersweet but vivid song. Floss, as a whole, builds up to this moment of release. IR has garnered a lot of fans through their music, and this last song tells stories of what happens when this popularity weaves itself into family life.

There are far more than enough highs on Floss to make up for the few lows. The track S On Ya Chest has an off-kilter last half, where two verses attempt to intertwine, and pitched-up vocals carry the song to the outro. It's a bit unsettling, and it's a sharp contrast to the rest of the song. However, there's still an extremely potent ability to produce phenomenal songs displayed all over Floss. IR released their debut album, realized what parts of it weren't so great, and fixed it. With only two albums, they have proven themselves a trio to be reckoned with, and it has hipsters and regular hip-hop fans alike wondering what's next.



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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2016


15482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

diggin this so much, gotta slow down on listening to it though I'm gonna tire of it too soon. I like your macklemore comparison too i felt the same way about that song. bit of advice take it or leave it, I'd suggest putting album titles in italics and song titles in quotations so people can more easily tell the difference between the two



Thanks Sat

FullOfSounds
December 19th 2016


14555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fuck yes

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Satellite
December 19th 2016


24180 Comments


"I'd suggest putting album titles in italics and song titles in parenthesis"

you're right about album titles being italicized but song titles are quoted, not parenthesized.

good review man.

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VaxXi
December 19th 2016


3503 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first two paragraphs of this review are very unnecessary and could prolly be enough to get someone (like me) to want to stop reading it before getting into the actual meat of the review.

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2016


15482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

satellite your correct i'm an idiot that's what i meant

FullOfSounds
December 19th 2016


14555 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Maybe trim the hipster part down a bit

Satellite
December 19th 2016


24180 Comments


it's all good calc. i sort of figured that was what you meant.

calmrose
December 19th 2016


1750 Comments


"The first two paragraphs of this review are very unnecessary and could prolly be enough to get someone to want to stop reading it before getting into the actual meat of the review." [2]

we don't need to know you're a hipster, it doesn't add anything productive to the review; other than the first two paragraphs, the review is great though

downloading this now




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Satellite
December 19th 2016


24180 Comments


real hipsters vehemently deny being hipsters

it's part of what makes them so insufferable

VirtualBlaze
December 19th 2016


437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I combined the first two paragraphs and removed the word "hipster". Except for the last paragraph.

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Piglet
December 19th 2016


6670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love dese guy's dental theme, remoinds me i need to go bloody ell

Scoot
December 19th 2016


18636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

banger

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2016


5477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's Goodie is a late SOTY contender easily

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wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
December 19th 2016


5477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FROM A COLLEGE DORM TO A SUITE IN CHILE



GETTING DRINK TICKETS IN MY MISHKA HOODIE

deathschool
December 19th 2016


21514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album summary is the goat line. Will read later

brandontaylor
December 20th 2016


455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whats goodie is so good. people need to pay more attention to cakes da killa too

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2016


15482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2016 interlude is easily my favorite here.

50iL
December 20th 2016


3580 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is sick. What's Goodie bangs so fuckin hard man

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guitarded_chuck
December 20th 2016


12522 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ugh

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guitarded_chuck
December 20th 2016


12522 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"real hipsters vehemently deny being hipsters"



yeh like the guy who wrote the review



OH SHIT



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