At Your Inconvenience

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At Your Inconvenience
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Studio album by Professor Green
Released 28 October 2011
Recorded 2010-2011
Genre British hip hop, UK garage, R&B
Length 65:26
Label Virgin
Producer Alex 'Cores' Hayes, 16bit, DJ Khalil, TMS, iSHi 2Stripes, Eric Hudson, Mojam
Professor Green chronology
Alive Till I'm Dead
(2010)
At Your Inconvenience
(2011)
Growing Up in Public
(2014)
Singles from At Your Inconvenience
  1. "At Your Inconvenience"
    Released: 26 July 2011
  2. "Read All About It"
    Released: 21 September 2011
  3. "Never Be a Right Time"
    Released: 22 January 2012
  4. "How Many Moons"
    Released: 21 April 2012
  5. "Remedy"
    Released: 14 May 2012
  6. "Avalon"
    Released: 16 September 2012

At Your Inconvenience is the second studio album by British rapper Professor Green, released on 28 October 2011. "At Your Inconvenience" was released as a promotional single on 26 July. The first official single "Read All About It" was released on 21 September 2011.[1] Some guests from his debut album appear on the album, including Ed Drewett, Fink and Emeli Sandé; new guests include Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil member Royce da 5'9", Kobe, Luciana, Ruth Anne, Sierra Kusterbeck and Haydon. Upper Clapton Dance originally featured on Green's debut mixtape Lecture #1, As of 6 September 2014 the album has sold 280,000 copies in UK.

Background[edit]

The album's general theme is different, in that it is more emotional, to Professor Green's previous album; he had a difficult upbringing with a hard relationship with his parents. His father committed suicide in 2008 and it heavily affected him. Professor Green said of his father's suicide and upbringing that "This album helped — writing about it was my way to deal with it."[2] The album, thus, is generally more emotional than his previous album, Alive Till I'm Dead, which covered more humorous themes. Ed Drewett and Emeli Sandé, who had previously worked on Alive Till I'm Dead, were featured on the album.

Singles[edit]

  • "At Your Inconvenience" was released as the album's first promotional single on 26 July 2011. It was released via promotional single and digital download, and a music video was released in support of the track. The video features Green in various alter egos, performing the song in and around a bar. The track peaked at number 97 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Read All About It" was released as the album's first official single on 23 October 2011. The tracks features vocals from Emeli Sandé. On 5 September 2011, BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter MistaJam debuted the single, and gave it its first radio airplay. In promotion of the single, Green and Sande performed the song live on The X Factor results show on 23 October 2011. It peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Never Be a Right Time" was released as the album's second official single on 22 January 2012. The single features guest vocals from Ed Drewett. A music video was created for the track, however, Drewett does not appear in the video. The video features Green agonising over his relationship with a girl. The track peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "How Many Moons" was released as the album's second promotional single on 21 April 2012, in support of the fifth annual Record Store Day. The song is produced by Austrian duo Camo & Krooked. The remix (released as the single) features guest vocals from Dream Mclean and Rinse. A lyric video was created for the track, however, no official music video was filmed. The track was ineligible to chart, as only 1000 copies of the single were produced.
  • "Remedy" was released as the album's third official single on 3 June 2012. The single features guest vocals from Ruth-Anne Cunningham. The song was remixed for its release as a single. The track reached #18 on the UK Singles Chart. In support of the single, Green prepared and released his own brand of beer, entitled "Professor Green's Remedy".
  • "Avalon" was released as the album's fourth official single on 16 September 2012. The single features guest vocals from Sierra Kusterbeck. The song was once again remixed for its release as a single. A music video for the track was filmed during the first week of July. Kusterbeck made a guest appearance in the video.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic54/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
BBCunfavourable[4]
The Daily Telegraph1/5 stars[5]
Digital Spy4/5 stars[6]
The Evening Standard2/5 stars[7]
The Guardian3/5 stars[8]
Hot Pressfavourable[9]
The Independent2/5 stars[10]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[11]
RapReviews7/10[12]
RWD4/5 stars[13]

In general, the album has received mixed reviews from music critics. RWD Magazine gave the album 4/5 stars and stated "Introspective and reflective, this borders on emo-rap on occasions, while retaining edginess on the sonic side."[13] MTV UK gave the album a positive review stating "From hip-hop, to UK garage influences, this slick LP really does have it all."[14] The Guardian's Charlotte Richardson Andrews awarded the album 3/5 stars, saying "It's difficult to reconcile Green's more crass verses with his sentimental numbers; Astronaut's tale of innocent rape victim turned junkie sits uncomfortably next to all the phallus jokes and Eminem-style sadism of songs such as 'Into the Ground'. It's a heavy, ambivalent confessional, but Green's precocious personality and distinctive flow manage to keep it fired up."[8] Jesal Padania of RapReviews gave the record a 7/10, praising the various production choices and Green's lyrical content for showing an update in variety and character consistency, despite some off-kilter delivery and a feeling of lyrical depth being held back, concluding that it "might leave you wanting a little bit more of what he's potentially best at. But make no mistake, it's an album that displays growth, maturity and improvement in almost every respect - he's certainly becoming a versatile and engaging artist."[12]

Andy Gill of The Independent was less positive, saying "Having managed to parlay an association with Lily Allen into the semblance of a career, Professor Green punches above his weight on his second album", before describing Green's delivery as "too Estuary-Eminem, scattershot hip-hop asperity snarled out with a mockney menace that is too secondhand to be effective" and the Evening Standard said "At his best, as on the vitriolic 'Read All About It', he can still sound like the English Eminem. When the acoustic guitars come out, though, he's closer to Just Jack." The BBC were also unimpressed, with contributor Gary Mulholland saying that Green is basically just saying "Please let me on The X Factor… I promise I won’t swear!" and that you are left "frankly, bemused and, increasingly, very, very bored."[4] The Evening Standard summed up the album by saying "The good news is that if fame really is so tough Manderson won't have to suffer for long: another album like this and nobody will be listening." Uncut gave the album 2 out of 5 stars, summing it up as "rather tiring." Perhaps the most damning review of all though was The Daily Telegraph's 1 out of 5, with writer James Lachno claiming that "his rhymes are too often lewd brags or boneheaded non sequiturs."[5] Any Decent Music, the online review aggregator, rated the album overall 4.3 out of 10.[15]

Padania argued that UK music critics aren't familiar with the construction and structure of hip hop albums, and said that when approaching these types of records, "you have to know precisely what to analyse, and what the MC is trying to achieve."[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."At Your Inconvenience"Stephen Manderson, Eddie Jeffrys, Jason Morrison16bit3:33
2."D.P.M.O."Manderson, Jared Scharff, Andrew "Broadway" WilliamsYoungboyz and Jared "Blake" Scharff3:58
3."Read All About It" (featuring Emeli Sandé)Manderson, Emeli Sandé, Tom Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Iain JamesTMS , Eshraque "iSHi" Mughal3:55
4."Trouble" (featuring Luciana)Manderson, Barnes, Kelleher, Kohn, Luciana Caporaso, Nick ClowTMS3:39
5."Spinning Out" (featuring Fink)Manderson, Charles Thompson, Alex 'Cores' HayesAlex 'Cores' Hayes4:15
6."Remedy" (featuring Ruth Anne)Manderson, James Murray, Mustafa Omar, Lee Bailey, Ruth-Anne CunninghamMojam3:15
7."How Many Moons"Manderson, Reinhard Rietsch, Markus WagnerCamo & Krooked4:04
8."Avalon" (featuring Sierra Kusterbeck)Manderson, Murray, Omar, SandéMojam4:44
9."Astronaut"Manderson, Sandé, Shahid Khan, Ludovico Einaudi, HayesAlex 'Cores' Hayes, Naughty Boy3:54
10."Doll"Manderson, Andrew Clifton, Eric HudsonEric Hudson, Andrew Clifton4:09
11."Never Be a Right Time" (featuring Ed Drewett)Manderson, Ed Drewett, HayesAlex 'Cores' Hayes3:20
12."Today I Cried"Manderson, HayesAlex 'Cores' Hayes5:45
13."Nightmares" (featuring Royce da 5'9" and Kobe)Manderson, Khalil Abdul Rahman, Danny TannenbaumDJ Khalil3:39
14."Forever Falling" (featuring Haydon)Manderson, Hanni Ibrahim, Lee BaileySunny Productions5:05
15."Into the Ground"Manderson, HayesAlex 'Cores' Hayes4:26
16."Upper Clapton Dance" (featuring Chynaman and Cores) (Hidden Track)Manderson, Hayes, Derry "Chynaman" ThompsonAlex 'Cores' Hayes3:45

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s)
Ireland[19] 28 October 2011 Digital download
United Kingdom 31 October 2011 Digital download[20]
CD[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professor Green hits out at music industry in 'At Your Inconvenience'". Digital Spy. 
  2. ^ Smart, Gordon (22 October 2011). "Professor Green: Dad's suicide makes me scared of being a parent". The Sun. London. 
  3. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/at-your-inconvenience/professor-green
  4. ^ a b Mulholland, Gary. "Music - Review of Professor Green - At Your Inconvenience". BBC. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Lachno, James (27 October 2011). "Professor Green: At Your Inconvenience, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Professor Green: 'At Your Inconvenience' - Album review - Music Review - Digital Spy
  7. ^ CDs of the week: Florence, Professor Green and Bonnie Prince Billy - Music - Going Out - London Evening Standard
  8. ^ a b Andrews, Charlotte Richardson (27 October 2011). "Professor Green: At Your Inconvenience – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  9. ^ At Your Inconvenience | Music Review | Album | Hot Press
  10. ^ Gill, Andy (28 October 2011). "Album: Professor Green, At Your Inconvenience (Virgin)". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Murphy, Lauren (28 October 2011). "Review: Professor Green, At Your Inconvenience". The Irish Times. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c Padania, Jesal (1 November 2011). "Professor Green :: At Your Inconvenience :: Virgin Records". RapReviews. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  13. ^ a b ISSUU - RWD MAG 10 ANNIVERSARY EDITION by RWDmag
  14. ^ Professor Green 'At Your Inconvenience' - Track By Track Review | Professor Green | News | MTV UK
  15. ^ At Your Inconvenience by Professor Green reviews | Any Decent Music
  16. ^ Scottish Albums Top 40 - 9 November 2013 | Official Charts Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Official Albums Chart UK Top 100 - 9 November 2013 | The UK Charts | Top 40 Archived 2011-07-03 at WebCite
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Professor Green – At your inconvenience". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter At your inconvenience in the search field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ iTunes - Music - At Your Inconvenience by Professor Green
  20. ^ "At Your Inconvenienceby Professor Green". iTunes Store (Apple Inc.). 
  21. ^ "At Your Inconvenience: Professor Green". Amazon.co.uk.