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As Noisia and Foreign Beggars have collaborated many times in the past and to much acclaim, it is obvious why the two have  combined to form I Am Legion. After the group dropped the track, “Choosing For You”, a couple weeks ago, we’ve only expected greatness from their full length, self-titled LP. The result? A bit killer, a bit sub-par.

Overall, the album contains sixteen tracks, with one being an intro and four entirely focused on production. The split works out pretty well, as it allows for both acts to be showcased in the album. It’s obvious from the get-go that the album is going to be dark and gritty, especially with lines like, “You can ask me/ the truth about Foreign Beggars/are literally the illuminati”. On top of this the album features dark, atmospheric production work that is a mainstay throughout the album.

Where the album works is on the tracks where Noisia‘s production work and the Beggars‘ flair mesh just right. Luckily, this works out on about half the tracks. Tunes like “Powerplay,” “Make Those Move,” and “Jellyfish” feature varying degrees of breaks and wobbles, to the score of Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis’ take on a variety of subject material. They provide some witty dialogue that will leave the listener thinking, and spit with enough force that their diatribes become convincing. It works to good effect, when done right.

The other half of the album suffers a bit. Many of the “instrumental” tracks serve to perpetuate the mood, but don’t conjure up anything too surprising. You may find yourself skipping over a few tracks entirely. The album closes with a track titled “Foil” that features singing from D’Ablo. While it could be seen as a matter of taste, this lone track seems to throw the album a bit off balance.

All in all, when I Am Legion stick to hard hitting beats and rapping akin to what can be found in “Choosing For You,” the duo pull of something all-together unique and new. The album as a whole is by no means one-of-a-kind, but you’ll find that there are many tracks that will pull you in. I Am Legion‘s LP is certainly worth a listen, and you’ll find that a bunch of these tracks will be lodged quite nicely in your music library.

 

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