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Album Review

Collaboration albums are notoriously difficult to pilot, often needing a veteran hand at the controls. N.A.S.A.'s journey is especially tough, given that they lined up one of the most impressive guest lists ever seen on a debut album. No less than three dozen artists have features on The Spirit of Apollo, and at least ten of them would be the crown jewel on most LPs — Kanye West, M.I.A., Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santogold, no less than three members of Wu-Tang Clan (one of them deceased), Spank Rock, John Frusciante, Lykke Li, and a trio of alternative godfathers: David Byrne, Tom Waits, and George Clinton. N.A.S.A., a duo of DJs and producers (one American, one Brazilian), have a concept in mind, assembling sounds and styles from around the globe, then smashing them together and watching the results of such a collision, with the attendant revelations of the similarities and differences between people around the world. An ambitious concept, to be sure, and also one that comes rife with expectations when the cast is as star-studded as this. Unfortunately, as rendered by N.A.S.A., the world doesn't sound very exciting. The style of this global melting pot is basically midtempo hip-hop of the Daisy Age variety, laced with verse after verse and chorus after chorus of guest features (most tracks feature at least three). Few of the guests stand out, none of them seem to be speaking to each other, and the result is, ironically, a Babel of voices and sounds that doesn't communicate much of anything. As glorious as these soundclashes are — Gift of Gab rapping next to David Byrne, Lykke Li singing an airy chorus over Kanye West rhymes and Santogold lines, Karen O next to Ol' Dirty Bastard, and the denouement, where Kool Keith waxes nostalgic over a gutbucket Tom Waits chorus — they're presented with little rhyme and no reason.

Customer Reviews

Definitely an album that will be on a continuous loop.

N.A.S.A. are brilliant to make a track with M.I.A and Santogold as wells as the killer collaboration of Kanye West, Lykke Li and Santogold. This is an album that was worth the wait and can get one into a groove. Here are some standout tracks: Money N.A.S.A Music Hip Hop Strange Enough Gifted A Volta There's a Party Whatchadoin? O Pata Samba Soul

Nasa is fire on this album.

The music Nasa has gifted us with right here is uniquely genius. They take so many different forms of music and put it together to form sick beats and great vocals. Spacious Thoughts is my personal fave! Album is worth the buy from start til end!

This Album is Dope

.If You loved the scores from yeah Right and Hot Chocolate, you're gonna flip for this album. The much anticipated Spirit of Apollo definitely lives up to the standards Squeak E. Clean and Zegon have set for themselves, not to mention songs featuring most favorites such as: the RZA, KRS-One, The Cool Kids, Kanye West, and much more... buy it, you won't regret it.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It’s never just been about America. The rebel compassion of Sam Spiegel’s N.A.S.A. has always attracted those from astral plains and lunar parks, connecting artists, audiences and worldwide youth in revolt. With Minneapolis rapper Lizzo’s empowering refrain in “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!,” N.A.S.A.’s anthemic 2015 comeback with Sean Paul, political turbulence and intense social injustice clearly inspired the DJ, producer and composer to reinstate his revered, musical foreign policy. In 2009, N.A.S.A....
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