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  • Thunder, Lightning, Strike [Columbia, 2005] A-
  • Proof of Youth [Sub Pop, 2007] A-
  • Rolling Blackouts [Memphis Industries, 2010] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Thunder, Lightning, Strike [Columbia, 2005]
The gleeful clamor of Today's Young People listening to what they want when they want to without paying for it and dancing around like kindergarteners at a maypole or gay guys under a mirrored ball and no offense Mr. Businessman but this is their birthright not your copyright so butt out OK? A-

Proof of Youth [Sub Pop, 2007]
Just when you're ready to give up and apply to graduate school, along comes a simple band who get everything right. True, they're not very tuneful. But they're danceable, Ninja raps plenty well enough, and have there ever been beats like Ian Parton's, with their chants and strums and melodica statements? Plus a warm-up from Sha Rock and Lisa Lee, who I hope got their checks, and a sum-up from Chuck D, who I expect secured his in advance. A-

Rolling Blackouts [Memphis Industries, 2010]
Exceeding their emotional reach, musical grasp, and conceptual limitations whether softer or more elaborate ("Apollo Throwdown," "Bust Out Brigade") ***

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