Album review

LL Cool J - 10

The numerical milestone has inspired LL's best album since 1987's Bigger And Deffer. Predominant are five tracks produced by the Neptunes, who again demonstrate their genius. The woozy post-psychedelic backing they provide on "Luv U Better" is worthy of My Bloody Valentine. Their example seems to have raised LL's game: the album varies from blissful pop ("Paradise") to warped fantasies ("Lollipop") which at times outweird even the Neptunes. He sounds like an older, equally powerful brother to Jay-Z: hear his roars against the choral sample on "10 Million Stars" contrasted with the claustrophobic whispers on "Mirror Mirror".

Rating: 4 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...