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The Circle In the Square

Flobots

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Searching for unity amid rampant hatred and division, Flobots lay down urgent messages (and potent grooves) on The Circle in the Square. The Denver-bred combo’s ability to sling politically barbed rhymes with a punchy rock edge seems more relevant than ever in the Occupy Wall Street era. The double-pronged rap attack of Jamie Laurie and Stephen Brackett doesn’t shy away from confronting the ruling class, as songs like “Run (Run Run Run),” “On Loss and Having," and the title track show. Reaching beyond militant war cries, Flobots attempt to transcend history in “Gonna Be Free” and touch a spiritual chord in “Wrestling Israel.” The band’s information-dense lyrics are framed in an unpredictable mix of riffs and rhythms, topped off by Mackenzie Gault’s protean viola work. From the ‘70s blaxploitation soundtrack vibe of “Sides” to the Deep Purple–ish metal menace of “Occupy Earth” and the buoyant folk beat of “The Rose and the Thistle,” there’s an almost dizzying amount of musical variety here.

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A true evolution of the band.

Let me that say that I jumped on the Flobots bandwagon when Fight with Tools was released. With each the album, the band has evolved. They definitely have different sound on this album, but hooks remain good and the message consistent. Some may be disappointed by different approach they have taken, but I am not.

You have no clue how upset I am to give this 4/5...

This is an incredible album, but hear me out. I have been counting down the days until this records release for that last two months, I even put money aside just for this. I suppose one of my problems with TSITS is that same problem I had with Survival Story; Not enough Jonny 5 free styling. But my biggest problem is that the entire last half of the record was pretty boring. From "Folkovsky" to "Interlude" I was ready to call this, arguably, the best Flobots record to date. The rhythms were fast and funky, like "Same Thing", "Cracks in the Surface", etc. which is the Flobots I adore! My hopes were high. Then "Westling Israel" began. Fair enough, I like Flobots slower, more preachy songs. Then "Loneliness". Hm... okay, two in a row. That's still cool with me, I know the next one will really get me on my feet again!... then "The Rose and the Thistle"... then "Occupyearth"... then "Journey After"... Then "Stop the Apocalypse"... then it's over... *tear*. I'm not expecting every song to be a powerhouse, but 6 songs in a row with the same... slooow... rhythm. Normally I can dig those songs because usually there's a part in every slower Flobots song that I just have to hear even if I don't fancy the song. Like the speach at the end of the song "Fight With Tools" or the chorus for "Airplane Mode"... but there is not a single part of those last 6 songs that I'm just dying to hear again. I did like "...", but unfortunatly it was very short. Now, my guess is little to none of you will agree with me, and I don't blame you. I've been waiting for this album for the longest two months of my life, and believe me, it really hurts to say all this. Now I am in NO WAY telling anyone to not get this!! This is all just what I personally think. If you are a true Flobots fan, for $7.99, you can't go wrong.

Fast, powerful, and...

More than anything else, this is a break off of what was normally them. They're no longer catering to big name record labels. By doing this, they've finally released their true sound with this self funded, self produced album. At $7.99 I couldn't recommend it more than I am now.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Denver, CO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Featuring dual MCs as well as a full band, Flobots are a progressive rap group from Denver, CO, with a political conscience, musical chops, and a powerful live show. Influenced by progressive rappers such as the Roots and Common as well as alternative hard rock bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Tool, Flobots were founded in 2005, comprised of MCs Jonny 5 (born Jamie Laurie) and Brer Rabbit (born Stephen Brackett) — who originally met in elementary school — along with musicians...
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