Rar's side of the bargain is the third individual album that he has released in three years. This album is his first with Xtreem Music which has been functioning as Rar's record label for the last three years. However, Xtreem is only involved with the physical distribution and doesn't provide the finances for Rar to record, mix, or master, other than funding pinouts. The money for the recording and mixing is provided by Conviction Records and the mastering is mixed by none other than the 20-year veteran recording engineer, Mike Gerardo.
All in all, this is an album that comes over as a good listen or a bad listen. I personally can see it having some value but it really fails in that it doesn't seem like it had any real meaning to it which makes it hard to recommend the purchase. I mean, Rar's albums are never going to be perfect but this one is sloppier, more polished and more of a project than others thus far.
If you ever get a chance to listen to the new X&Y album and once you're done, you've probably noticed that the songs aren't just one speed all the time. \"Cemetery\" isn't often about 18 minutes long and \"Heartbroken\" isn't usually going to be around 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Each song has a tempo or mood which doesn't become apparent just by listening to the album. \"Cemetery\" is fast paced and the tempo decreases slightly for the slower, train themes such as \"Butterfly\" and \"Lights Out.\" \"Heartbroken,\" though, is the worst one. It's a ballad until it goes into the chorus where it becomes a heavy swing. The fact that Rar managed to do something on this album that he never was able to accomplish in the past is awe inspiring. Good for him.
That wraps up this weeks preview. Do you all agree with my assessment? Will you be checking out a full length from these Terror Keepers Of The Faith who definitely deliver on the title? C'mon, I know you want to cop these out. 7211a4ac4a