Album Review: Slaine 
A World With No Skies 2.0
Suburban Noize

A World With No Skies 2.0 is the long awaited LP release from Boston rapper (and La Coka Nostra member) Slaine, after A World With No Skies (originally set to be released back in 2010) ran into sample issues, forcing him back into the studio to re-record nearly a whole new album (about 50% of the original is found on 2.0). Letting us in to the dark world within his head, Slaine puts his life and current struggles on full display, reliving his childhood, remembering friends, relationships and questioning his music career.

The first track “Dark Horses” sets the tone immediately, a rattling snare drum overlapped with the lyrics “I’m walking through that building/and the buildings brick/the children sick/The nuns have sewn-up cunts/the priests walking with their killing sticks”. The raw and aggressive emotions that resonate through the lyrics on this opening piece are heard throughout the album and are especially apparent on tracks such as “Ghosts” and “I Ain’t Done”.

Although it is generally dark, the album is rounded out quite nicely, using tracks with fist pumping party swagger (“99 bottles”), then flippin’ it for the real heads with mind gouging lyrics (“The Boulevard” feat. Blacastan, Sean Price, and Ill Bill). The punk rock energy found on “Zombie” (featuring New York’s Son of Skam) is Slaine’s first time bringing live instruments in to the equation, finally giving all those angry kids a chance to put their hands down and push the kid next to them.

The standout track “Borrowed Time”, which is also the second video released from the album, gets absolutely murdered by Slaine’s aggression and frustration  “I used to have nothing at all/ but my word and my balls/It’s the same thing that took me from nothing dog/ All around the globe till they asked what the fuck is wrong /What’s wrong is everything is real in these fucking songs”. Ending on the song aptly titled “The Last Song”, A World With No Skies 2.0 is a breath of fresh air amongst the pollution the music industry continues to pump out and was well worth the wait.


By Jamie Sands


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