In a time where people doesn’t seem to get along that often, even those within the same group – you can always count with music to gather all together. But really, its always surprising when a large number of artists from different backgrounds come together and start producing and blending all their influences into one sound in a way where it doesn’t feel out of place but rather the way how all the pieces do get to fit in this puzzle that, in an ironic twist, isn’t really that puzzling.
In the case of Nine Beats Collective, their music and vision isn’t as confusing as one might come to think. As people from different creeds, musical and cultural background as well as one than other poet – Nine Beats To The Bar is as eclectic as an album can be. The passion infused in every melody and lyrics on this album it doesn’t go unnoticed and strikes you right from the beginning. Most of the album is built upon these rhythms of joy that tie you up to the dancefloor. But these folks are into something, a message they are hoping to convey – so as you get yourself lose into their music, you can very well sit through and pay attention and connect with the words that comes out of every individual. Something that really can be counted as refreshing in an industry where most of it it’s just either too repetitive or shallow.
Even though this album needs to be listen by every person living in this place we call planet earth, the truth is that not everyone is it as open musically as they may be politically or socially. Though there’s a large audience for Nine Beats Collective, I can see many people closed to a particular group of heavier and aggressive sounds perhaps disliking this Gospel and Funk driven record. Though they have added a few nice layers to the Spoken Word genre by adding other styles into it – think Kendrick Lamar?
Criteria - 90%
Overall, this a fun, loving opus record that leaves creative room for a group of talented musician to express themselves. With over 15 members, you do get to hear each one and none of them gets overshadow, which in itself is something to applaud. As mentioned earlier, not everyone might be into it but if you are open to a wide range of music, you should definitely give it a listen.