Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (studio album) by OutKast
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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is ranked 4th best out of 8 albums by OutKast on BestEverAlbums.com.
The best album by OutKast is Aquemini which is ranked number 265 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 6,897.
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.9/100, a mean average of 75.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.5.
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Absolutely love The Love Below, it's otherworldly. Funky, spacey, beautiful heaven. Speakerboxxx is really good but not as good as their earlier work. So it's hard rating the whole album but I rate it highly because of The Love Below.
I was surprised to discover that Speakerboxxx was, to me, the more appealing and successful half of this double album.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is quite a large album. Each disc is a de facto solo album by each member. Speakerboxxx being written and performed by Big Boi and The Love Below being written and performed by André 3000, with each making occasional appearances on the others disc. As this is the case, I don't really consider this a real OutKast album. Speakerboxxx is pretty consistent, but with a large majority of the songs not being quite interesting. The Love Below has the exact opposite problem, it has no idea what it wants to be, jumping from genre to genre, but the songwriting is fun. Overall, the double album is quite bloated and contains a large amount of filler. There are highlights on each respective disc, of course, with GhettoMusick, Unhappy, and Reset being the best on Speakerboxxx, and Hey Ya!, Behold a Lady, and Roses (despite the pretty much nonsensical lyrics) being the highlights on The Love Below. Another note on The Love Below, André 3000 seems to have taken a step or two back lyrically on the majority of the tracks. The whole thing has an obsession with sex. It comes off very juvenile, and André 3000's previous lyrical content was anything but after their debut. Just thought it was strange.
The Love Below would be in a top 50 albums all time for me if released on its own.
Già dalla copertina si capisce che questo, più che un doppio CD, sono due lavori separati; in effetti ognuno dei due Outkast si occupa del proprio disco, partecipando a quello dell'altro ( in un'altra epoca ed in un altro mondo, più o meno quanto fecero i NEU! In "Neu! 75" ). "Speakerboxxx" è rap che, per quanto variegato e dinamico, mi piace fino ad un certo punto; a piacermi decisamente di più è il più eclettico "The love below", dove vengono centrifugati hip hop, funky, soul, rock e chissà quant'altro in un'atmosfera da festa che viene voglia di tuffarcisi dentro.
If this was just Speakerboxxx I would have given it at least a 75. There are some bangers there and some great guest appearances. Big Boi proves himself to be just as capable on the mic as Andre. The second half makes the album too long and isn't nearly as groundbreaking as I've heard it made out to be. Hey Ya is great but other than that it's just some fairly standard R&B with above average beats. And the skits range from cringe-worthy to extremely expendable.
I really wish we could rate these two halves separately because the two are completely different
This is hands down their best and most adventurous and creative albums! My favorite album of all time by any artist!
Honestly most of Speakerboxx isn't for me, but The Love Below is amazing and diverse. Songs like Dracula's Wedding, Pink & Blue, and Love Hater are beyond excellent and break new ground for Andre 3000/Outkast as a whole
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