CunninLynguists
Rose Azura Njano


4.0
excellent

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (97 Reviews)
February 20th, 2018 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It may not be as ambitious as previous efforts but Rose Azura Njano is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, proving to be unique as well as consistent.

CunninLynguists are most certainly an interesting group, achieving moderate success with conceptual efforts such as A Piece of Strange and Oneirology. Rose Azura Njano, the Kentucky based trio's sixth studio album, follows on from the aforementioned albums and proves to be a solid and consistent record, full to the brim with excellent lyricism and second to none production values. The groups eclectic range of sounds is demonstrated to exemplary levels on Rose Azura Njano. The album opens with quite possibly the best track on the album in the form of Red, White and Blues. Poetic lyrics, unique instrumentation and a superb attention to detail combine to form what is one of the highlights of their career. Whilst the album never really dips in terms of quality, the opener is the peak of the album in my opinion, with the remaining tracks proving to be great cuts but not quite as hard hitting.

Rose Azura Njano is a wonderful mix of the ethereal, the whimsical and the thought provoking, with notable album highlights throughout. Tracks such as Gone and Hustlers provide great melodies and vocal hooks. More solemn and sombre moments are also present, with Red Bird and Violet (The Upper Room) being more slow-burning additions to the record. The more ethereal moments on the album come in the form of Oh Honey and Mr. Morganfield and Ms. Waters, with the latter referencing A Tribe Called Quest's recently deceased Phife Dawg, which is a nice touch. Overall, the level of consistency throughout the album is great, with Riot! proving to be the only weak track. I only say this because the track itself doesn't feel like a CunninLynguists effort. It comes across as slightly uninspired and forced, which cannot be said for the rest of the album.

Album closer Earth to Venus (Tiny Orange Star) is the perfect closer to the album, showcasing a more funky side to the group's sound. Instrumentally and lyrically, the group have always been very strong and Rose Azura Njano is no exception to an already brilliant discography. The group can feel comfortably proud of such an album and whilst it may not be as ambitious or daring as previous efforts, it holds up well against the majority of modern day hip-hop albums. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of emotional and well thought out music, not just hip-hop but music in general.

Recommended Tracks

Red, White and Blues
Gone
Hustlers
Earth to Venus



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BlackwaterPork
February 20th 2018


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hard pos, it's about fuckin time this got a review

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
February 20th 2018


9337 Comments


I didn't know this existed, shit. And a rare Confessed appearance to boot!

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Hawks
February 20th 2018


72455 Comments


Fuck I gotta hear this.

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Confessed2005
February 20th 2018


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It took a long time for this to sink in but when it clicks it is really good.

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bloc
February 20th 2018


56492 Comments


Did not know this was a thing either

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ConcubinaryCode
February 20th 2018


4703 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this a compilation or am actual studio album? It's solid but not the most amazing follow up to oneirology.

Scoot
February 20th 2018


19376 Comments


oneirology is one of the best rap albums of the 2010s though

this is more like a follow up to strange journey 3

BlackwaterPork
February 20th 2018


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It’s an lp

ConcubinaryCode
February 20th 2018


4703 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First six songs were on the two eps before this came out. It just seems confusing that they'd refer to this as an lp.

Hawks
February 20th 2018


72455 Comments


oneirology is one of the best rap albums of the 2010s though

It's one of the best ever tbh.

deathschool
February 20th 2018


24599 Comments


Need to check hard

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Dimorphic
February 21st 2018


894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Quality review, was surprised it didn't have one before this tbh. Album is quality from start to finish, as per usual. I love how consistently meaningful their work is.

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Dimorphic
February 24th 2018


894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is really growing on me, if I could move this to a 4.2/3 then I definitely would. May change to a 4.5 soon.

Dimorphic
July 9th 2018


894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I would suck Kno's dick out of respect

Confessed2005
August 16th 2018


4847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'm upping this to 5.



So fucking good.

Dimorphic
February 16th 2019


894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great to see the average finally start going up. This album is truly great. Also mods pls delete Confessed's comment so I can have 4 comments in a row.



Cheers.

FadedSun
June 14th 2019


2000 Comments


Never even know they came out with another album. They're always a group I randomly return to. I feel they're underrated in the hip-hop community, but I don't know for sure.



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