Death Grips
The Powers That B


4.5
superb

Review

by Sabra Net Wore CONTRIBUTOR (128 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2015 | 364 replies


Release Date: 03/31/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that maintains the trademark Death Grips sound, but also changes things up to a substantial degree.

”Jenny Death When"”

It was a simple question-turned-internet phenomenon that took the music world by storm for several months. Asked by many and acknowledged by the band themselves on their Fashion Week album, the quip practically became a joke to many as Death Grips tested their fan base’s patience over the nine month wait for the apparent “final” Death Grips LP, The Powers That B. Split into two parts, Powers’s two halves are vastly different from each other while maintaining the trademark Death Grips sound. It is easy to say that Death Grips just make baseless “shock” music, but that just isn’t the case. With every album, Death Grips has changed their sound in one way or another while keeping the unique industrial/hip-hop sound that was established with Full Moon (Death Classic). The Powers That B – with its diverse palette of sounds, from the glitchy Niggas on the Moon and the guitar-riddled and illustrious Jenny Death – is no exception at all.

Niggas on the Moon, part one, needs little to no explanation. A thirty-minute schizophrenic beat-driven spectacle, Niggas on the Moon features vocal samples of Bjork and instrumentation done completely on V-Drums by Zach Hill, who is the foundation of the off-kilter rhythmic freak outs that Death Grips is well associated with. Tracks such as Up My Sleeves and Black Quarterback showcase a band at their experimental peak, with even more room to develop. Part two, the long-awaited and outrageously hyped Jenny Death, is the next step in Death Grips’ evolution as a band that not only surprised, but was also a snapshot of a band outdoing themselves effortlessly. From the abrasive Inanimate Sensation, to the guitar-driven Turned Off and all the way to the fast-paced and adrenaline-fueled instrumental Death Grips 2.0, Jenny Death is less of step forward as it is a step backwards. Incorporating more use of the guitar while greatly meshing it together with the howling vocals of Stefan “MC Ride” Burnett and the frenzied synthesizers of Andy “Flatlander” Morin, Jenny Death is an effective mix of the electronically-dominated Government Plates and the vocal-centric Exmilitary all neatly in one intense recording.

Almost like an event, The Powers That B is something so highly anticipated that the hype itself was unbearable, yet so hard to resist its exciting invitation to join in. The two halves of the album complement each other greatly, and show the band and their ability to change their sound at a whim from the beats and samples of Niggas on the Moon, to the worldly sonic tour-de-force of Jenny Death. Now and forevermore, the question has finally been answered, and it’s safe to say: Jenny Death is no longer when, but right here and right now.

It’s been a pleasure, Stefan.




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Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

something something it goes it goes triple salad tossed bedtime



"Black Quarterback": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdEK8ghRBIo

"The Powers That B": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVSHMKizsgg



criticism (very) appreciated ty

Digging: Various Artists - Tokyo Mobile Music 1

Tunaboy45
March 22nd 2015


15702 Comments


Great review Fripp

BMDrummer
March 22nd 2015


14081 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i came

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like my iPod more than fucking, that's a fact

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how's that kid coming along, Vasco?

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I sincerely hope it isn't yours, for its sake.













still love you bruv

sunbathory
March 22nd 2015


116 Comments


this is like a high 3

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

maybe itchy, just maybe





more like a high 4.5, but opinions rule over everything else sunbatho

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sunbatho = blatho??

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

miracles do happen

ChoccyPhilly
March 22nd 2015


11703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best DG, hands down

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ChoccyPhilly
March 22nd 2015


11703 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In other news, this is a great review, mate

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah thanks

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

merzbob when??

deathschool
March 22nd 2015


21929 Comments


Awesome review, dude. Pos.

Fuck. I didn't make the first page.

Veldin
March 22nd 2015


3014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

At first I thought the review was too barren, but now I realize it's accurately concise with everything that is left to be said about this magnum opus. Pos'd.

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2015


15849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

barren, just like the site layout



TMS is still their best though

deathschool
March 22nd 2015


21929 Comments


When the halves are paired, I think this gives TMS some competition.

YakNips
March 22nd 2015


18944 Comments


Preach !! haha


Veldin
March 22nd 2015


3014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

naw nigga

Powers That B> Exmilitary > TMS > No Love > Gov Plates



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