The Spirit of Apollo

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The Spirit of Apollo
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Studio album by N.A.S.A.
Released February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)
Recorded 2004-2009
Genre Brazilian funk, hip hop, electronica, rock
Length 76:01
Label ANTI-
Producer N.A.S.A.
Singles from The Spirit of Apollo
  1. "Hip Hop"
    Released: January 28, 2009
  2. "The People Tree"
    Released: February 23, 2009
  3. "Way Down"
    Released: March 11, 2009
  4. "Gifted"
    Released: March 27, 2009
  5. "Spacious Thoughts"
    Released: November 19, 2009
  6. "Strange Enough"
    Released: July 15, 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubB+[4]
Consequence of SoundC-[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times2.5/5 stars[7]
The Phoenix3/4 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media1.6/10[9]
PopMatters6/10 stars[10]
The Skinny2/5 stars[11]

The Spirit of Apollo is the debut album by N.A.S.A., a hip hop duo consisting of Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon.[12] It was released on ANTI- in 2009.[13]

The track, "N.A.S.A. Anthem", was featured on the official NASA Glenn Research Center website as "NASA Anthem".[14]

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, The Spirit of Apollo received an average score of 64 based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Zeth Lundy of The Phoenix said: "The beats are eminently funky, the rhymes tight, and the topics decidedly old-school: plain-spoken boasts, the rejection of greed, and an acknowledgment of our communal evolution indicate the overall tone."[8] Meanwhile, John Bush of AllMusic said: "Few of the guests stand out, none of them seem to be speaking to each other, and the result is, ironically, a Babel of voices and sounds that doesn't communicate much of anything."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Intro"0:59
2."The People Tree" (featuring David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift of Gab, and Z-Trip)4:14
3."Money" (featuring David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, and Z-Trip)4:16
4."N.A.S.A. Music" (featuring Method Man, E-40, and DJ Swamp)4:22
5."Way Down" (featuring RZA, Barbie Hatch, and John Frusciante)3:13
6."Hip Hop" (featuring KRS-One, Fatlip, and Slim Kid Tre)4:07
7."Four Rooms, Earth View"0:25
8."Strange Enough" (featuring Karen O, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Fatlip)4:13
9."Spacious Thoughts" (featuring Tom Waits and Kool Keith)4:30
10."Gifted" (featuring Kanye West, Santigold, and Lykke Li)3:39
11."A Volta" (featuring Sizzla, Amanda Blank, and Lovefoxxx)3:13
12."There's a Party" (featuring George Clinton, and Chali 2na)4:07
13."Whachadoin?" (featuring Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold, and Nick Zinner)4:09
14."O Pato" (featuring Kool Kojak and DJ Babão)3:18
15."Samba Soul" (featuring Del tha Funkee Homosapien and DJ Qbert)4:24
16."The Mayor" (featuring The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface, and DJ AM)4:35
17."N.A.S.A. Anthem"15:32
18."Electric Flowers" (featuring Nina Persson and RZA) 

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard 200[15] 178
Heatseekers Albums[16] 6
Independent Albums[17] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Spirit Of Apollo - N.A.S.A." Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "The Spirit of Apollo - N.A.S.A." AllMusic. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Fleischer, Eddie (May 24, 2010). "The Spirit Of Apollo". Alternative Press. 
  4. ^ "N.A.S.A.: The Spirit Of Apollo". The A.V. Club. February 24, 2009. 
  5. ^ Litowitz, Drew (February 18, 2009). "N.A.S.A. – The Spirit of Apollo". Consequence of Sound. 
  6. ^ Simpson, Dave (February 13, 2009). "N.A.S.A.: The Spirit of Apollo". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ Wappler, Margaret (February 15, 2009). "Album review: N.A.S.A.'s 'The Spirit of Apollo'". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ a b Lundy, Zeth (February 18, 2009). "N.A.S.A. - The Spirit of Apollo". The Phoenix. 
  9. ^ Breihan, Tom (February 18, 2009). "N.A.S.A.: The Spirit of Apollo". Pitchfork Media. 
  10. ^ Tricker, Spencer (February 23, 2009). "N.A.S.A.:The Spirit of Apollo". PopMatters. 
  11. ^ Brown, Ally (February 16, 2009). "N.A.S.A. - The Spirit of Apollo". The Skinny. 
  12. ^ Freedland, Henry (October 9, 2008). "N.A.S.A. debut to feature David Byrne, Ghostface Killah, Tom Waits, Chuck D, Karen O, Kanye West, M.I.A., many more". Paste. 
  13. ^ Jones, Chris (2009). "N.A.S.A. - The Spirit of Apollo - Review". BBC. 
  14. ^ "NASA anthem". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ "N.A.S.A. - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ "N.A.S.A. - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ "N.A.S.A. - Chart history - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 

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