Down Beat (3/92, p.38) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "..creatively combines rap, thrash, funk, sound collages, ska and Arabic harmonies in one intriguing package...This band is bursting with talent and ideas.."
Includes a bonus live disc from the LIFE 'N PERSPECTIVES OF A GENUINE CROSSOVER tour.
Urban Dance Squad: Rudeboy (vocals); Tres Manos (guitars, vocals), D.J.D.N.A. (turntables, sound effects); Sil (bass, triangle, background vocals); Magic Stick (drums, percussion, farfisa, vocals).
Recorded at I.C.P. Studios, Brussels in Spring, 1991.
The sophomore slump hit Urban Dance Squad rather hard, or maybe it just seemed that way based on the consistently high quality of their debut. Life 'n Perspectives of a Genuine Crossover sounds aimless where its predecessor came off as shrewdly eclectic. It's not that there aren't great moments: "Careless" is nice mid-tempo hip-hop with a blues base, and the strangely named "(Thru) the Gates of the Big Fruit" showcases some great turntable work from DJ DNA as well as country-ish slide guitar from Tres Manos. But the four-part approach to "Life 'n Perspectives" is annoying and "Routine" goes nowhere. Somehow the high points aren't quite enough to carry the weight of the low ones. However, the "live in Tokyo" bonus disc that accompanies this reissue is more consistently rewarding. ~ Rick Anderson