“The Spirit of Apollo” by N.A.S.A.

Artist: N.A.S.A.
Album: The Spirit of Apollo

I’ll admit, I am not up on my Hip Hop music these days. Other than a few names and songs that have crossed my ears, I couldn’t tell you if Lil Wayne really does steal all of his hooks or if they’re just homages. However, I do have a respect for the art and it is curious that this album would be the first album of 2009 to propel me to write a review.

The Spirit of Apollo is a massive, dare I say astronomical, collaboration effort. At 17 tracks long, there is no shortage of selection for the iPod Generation to choose from, while the album remains a worthy travel as a whole as well. Inspired by Brazilian Funk, hip-hop, and electronica, the sounds and beats mix the three worlds together effortlessly. While not quite as inventive as some of the mashing in Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals, the end result is still a pleasure for those looking for multi-layered genres. Not only is the sound all over the place, so are the dozens of special guests featured on the album’s 76 minute journey. Apollo flies among the stars and pulls them into the docking bay.

This ship’s crew includes familiar hip hop names such as Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Kanye West, George Clinton and Method Man, just naming a few. Also seen on the deck are several heavy hitters from the Rock world, like Karen O, John Frusciante, David Byrne and Tom Waits. The sheer amount of guests could have spoiled the tracks but this is not the case. Each track contains just the right amount of performers doing what they do best.

Apollo soars at a leisurely pace and treks where many men have gone before, but there is no mediocrity found here. Familiar names and faces, but freshness abound.

The Spirit of Apollo is available now.
N.A.S.A. Myspace.


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