As we mentioned previously, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek have reunited as Reflection Eternal and released a new album titled Revolutions Per Minute.
I’ve been pretty critical of Kweli over the last couple of years, and that’s not exactly the fairest journalism around. It’s likely I’m too tainted by the greatness from the Black Star or the first Reflection Eternal albums to truly appreciate his more contemporary work.
Still, I’ve got high hopes for this new album. The great thing is that you can stream the album for free from Entertainment Weekly. I don’t know how long the album will remain up online, so check it out as soon as you can.
As for the tracklist, while I’m not a fan of City Playgrounds, I do think Back Again is a bit more classic Kweli. However, Strangers may run away with the album. Either that or Just Begun.
The best part about this disc is the variety of styles the duo uses. There’s some old gospel-sounding samples that sneak in (In this World), and a couple of tracks hit you with the traditional ballad hooks (Ballad of Black Gold). A few of them hit you in the face with a hard beat (So Good), or are covered with a gritty phone filter (Get Loose).