Beauty and the Beat (Edan album)

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Beauty and the Beat
Edan-Beauty Beat-cover.jpg
Studio album by Edan
Released March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
Genre Hip hop
Length 34:00
Label Lewis Recordings
Producer Edan
Edan chronology
Primitive Plus
(2002)
Beauty and the Beat
(2005)
Echo Party
(2009)

Beauty and the Beat is the second studio album by American hip hop musician Edan.[1] It was released via Lewis Recordings on March 29, 2005.[2] It features guest appearances from Insight, Percee P, Mr. Lif, and Dagha.[3] It peaked at number 40 on the UK Independent Albums Chart,[4] as well as number 37 on the UK R&B Albums Chart.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[7]
HipHopDX 4.5/5[8]
Mojo 4/5 stars[9]
NME 8/10[10]
Pitchfork 8.8/10[11]
Q 3/5 stars[12]
Stylus Magazine A−[13]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]
URB 4.5/5 stars[15]

According to Metacritic, Beauty and the Beat received an average score of 85 out of 100 based on 18 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[6] Peter Macia of Pitchfork commented that "[the] gravity of Edan's lyrics and voice on Beauty and the Beat is perhaps its most surprising element" and "[Edan has] gone from a brainiac prankster to the Borges of rap."[11] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club said, "the album's brevity is just another old-fashioned value from a rapper-producer-visionary who doesn't need a whole lot of space to make a big statement."[16] Nick Follett of XLR8R called it "one of the best and most original records to come out this decade."[17]

In 2013, it was ranked at number 392 on NME's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list.[18] In 2015, Fact placed it at number 30 on the "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Polite Meeting (Intro)" 2:16
2. "Funky Voltron" (featuring Insight) 2:16
3. "I See Colours" 2:30
4. "Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme" 2:55
5. "Murder Mystery" 2:02
6. "Torture Chamber" (featuring Percee P) 3:12
7. "Making Planets" (featuring Mr. Lif) 2:54
8. "Time Out (Segue)" 1:07
9. "Rock and Roll" (featuring Dagha) 3:16
10. "Beauty" 3:20
11. "The Science of the Two" (featuring Insight) 3:33
12. "Smile" 2:15
13. "Promised Land" 2:24

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[4] 40
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[5] 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Serwer, Jesse (April 19, 2005). "Edan: Psychic Out". XLR8R. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Rashbaum, Alyssa (March 28, 2005). "New Releases: Beanie Sigel, Will Smith, Game, Beck, The Bravery, Thrice & More". MTV. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Glazer, Joshua. "Beauty and the Beat – Edan". AllMusic. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50: 20 March 2005 - 26 March 2005". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40: 20 March 2005 - 26 March 2005". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Beauty And The Beat by Edan". Metacritic. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ Endelman, Michael (March 28, 2005). "Beauty and the Beat". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ J-23 (March 22, 2005). "Edan - Beauty & The Beat". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Edan: Beauty and the Beat". Mojo (137): 102. April 2005. 
  10. ^ "Edan: Beauty and the Beat". NME: 51. March 26, 2005. 
  11. ^ a b Macia, Peter (April 18, 2005). "Edan: Beauty and the Beat". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Edan: Beauty and the Beat". Q (225): 121. April 2005. 
  13. ^ Pemberton, Rollie (January 25, 2005). "Edan – The Beauty And The Beat – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Edan: Beauty and the Beat". Uncut (97): 110. June 2005. 
  15. ^ Smith, Craig (April 2005). "Edan – Beauty and the Beat". URB (125): 101. Archived from the original on March 13, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  16. ^ Rabin, Nathan (April 5, 2005). "Edan: Beauty And The Beat". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ Follett, Nick (March 29, 2005). "Edan – Beauty and the Beat". XLR8R. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time: 400–301". NME. October 23, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  19. ^ "The 100 best indie hip-hop records of all time (page 72 of 101)". Fact. February 25, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 

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