The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale

Old school, new style, Chicago duo's debut album reviewed

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Never mind music criticism – by track two, Chicago’s Cool Kids have done a nice job of reviewing themselves. “Come check the noise,” the Chicago pair announce, “It’s the new black version of the Beastie Boys…” All round it’s a cute assessment.

Old school (“on that ’88 shit”), and self-deprecating, Chuck English and Mikey Rocks make rhymes about riding their bikes, and going to the store…a life of loafing that’s reflected in the casual pace of their beats. It’s appealing stuff – Lil Wayne is a fan – while the pair’s wit suggests they’ll continue to stay ahead of the critical curve.

JOHN ROBINSON

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