Sour Soul (album)

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Sour Soul
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - "Sour Soul" official album artwork.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2015
Recorded2014
Genre
Length32:55
LabelLex Records
ProducerBadBadNotGood, Frank Dukes, Wayne Gordon
BadBadNotGood chronology
III
(2014)
Sour Soul
(2015)
IV
(2016)
Ghostface Killah chronology
36 Seasons
(2014)
Sour Soul
(2015)
Twelve Reasons to Die II
(2015)
Singles from Sour Soul
  1. "Six Degrees"
    Released: June 20, 2014
  2. "Tone's Rap"
    Released: June 20, 2014
  3. "Gunshowers"
    Released: October 17, 2014
  4. "Ray Gun"
    Released: January 9, 2015

Sour Soul is a collaborative studio album from Canadian jazz instrumental hip hop band BadBadNotGood and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. It was released worldwide on February 24, 2015.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Billboard4.0/5 stars[4]
Exclaim!6/10[5]
Drowned in Sound9/10[6]
Paste8/10[7]
HipHopDX3.5/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork6.2/10[9]

Sour Soul has received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 27 reviews. In a mixed review for Exclaim!, Eric Zaworski noted that the record "hurriedly finishes without giving its concepts enough time to bloom," further explaining that "the production is top-notch, but Ghost rarely shifts into uncharted lyrical territory, holding back Sour Soul's otherwise consistent production."[5]

In an extremely positive review, giving the album a score of 9 out of 10, Sam Moore wrote for Drowned in Sound that "Sour Soul is sublime." Adding that "rather than standing around starstruck, BBNG have more than proven their worth as Ghostface’s backing band."[6]

The album was a short-listed nominee for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize.[10]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks are produced by Frank Dukes, with additional production from BadBadNotGood and Wayne Gordon,[11][12]
  • Ghostface does not appear on tracks 1, 5 and 12, which are instrumental tracks.
No.TitleLength
1."Mono" (instrumental)0:58
2."Sour Soul"2:45
3."Six Degrees" (featuring Danny Brown)3:40
4."Gunshowers" (featuring Elzhi)3:03
5."Stark's Reality" (instrumental)2:12
6."Tone's Rap"2:58
7."Mind Playing Tricks"2:37
8."Street Knowledge" (featuring TREE)3:24
9."Ray Gun" (featuring MF DOOM)3:07
10."Nuggets of Wisdom"2:11
11."Food"3:23
12."Experience" (instrumental)2:37
Total length:32:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Matthew Tavares - guitar, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Chester Hansen - bass guitar, keyboards
  • Alexander Sowinski - drums, percussion, synthesizer, vibraphone
  • Ghostface Killah - rapper
  • Frank Dukes – production
  • Tommy Paxton-Beesley – cello, violin, trombone, guitar, organ
  • Leland Whitty – saxophone, viola, violin
  • David Lewis – tuba
  • Thomas Brenneck - guitar
  • Wayne Gordon - guitar, production, engineer
  • Jared Tankel - baritone saxophone
  • Billy Aukstik - trumpet
  • Nadav Same Nirenberg - trombone
  • Freddy DeBoe - tenor saxophone

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 54
Australian Hitseekers Albums (ARIA)[14] 1
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[14] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 196
US Billboard 200[16] 109
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 9
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BADBADNOTGOOD III :) on Twitter: "FEB 24 SOUR SOUL DROPS WORLDWIDE!!!! HUGE THANKS @GhostfaceKillah @FrankDukes @LexRecords #soursoul #goldvinyl #boom http://t.co/ALgNIo1WdQ"". Twitter.com. 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-03-01. External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Critic Reviews for Sour Soul". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. "Sour Soul – BadBadNotGood / Ghostface Killah". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Kennedy, John (February 23, 2015). "Album Review: Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood's 'Sour Soul' Sounds Sweet". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Zaworski, Eric (February 24, 2015). "BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul". Exclaim!. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Moore, Sam (February 16, 2015). "Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah Sour Soul". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  7. ^ Spinelli, Adrian (February 2015). "Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD: Sour Soul Review". Paste Magazine. Retrieved February 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ Spinelli, Adrian (February 25, 2015). "Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD - Sour Soul". HipHopDX. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  9. ^ Patrin, Nate (February 16, 2015). "Ghostface Killah BADBADNOTGOOD: Sour Soul". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  10. ^ http://polarismusicprize.ca/blog/2015-polaris-music-prize-short-list/
  11. ^ "Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood - Sour Soul - release date, reviews, buy". Undergroundhiphop.com. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  12. ^ http://www.discogs.com/BadBadNotGood-Ghostface-Killah-Sour-Soul/release/6700403
  13. ^ Ryan, Gavin (March 7, 2015). "ARIA Albums: 50 Shades Of Grey Tops Chart For 4th Week". Noise11. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "ARIA Report" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "Badbadnotgood Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Badbadnotgood Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Badbadnotgood Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.

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