Swollen Members – Brand New Day [Review]
Vancouver, BC - With 11 group albums, 11 solo albums and a solid 15 years in the game under their belt, it’s a feat in and of itself that Prevail, Madchild and Rob The Viking were even able to come up with anything new at all. To keep coming back year after year, dropping new joints this consistently is something few artists are capable of. But with Brand New Day, Swollen Members have done more than just thrown some songs together and slapped on an album cover.
What this album is: 15 really solid songs that are easy to get into and will be welcome territory for fans and newcomers alike. Rob the Viking teams up with C-Lance to concoct devilish piano-sample based beats that hit hard with the trademark Swollen sound. And what would a good Swollen album be without dragons, gargoyles, arc-angels and battle-axes causing bloodspils. Yeah – it’s all here.
It’s hard to fault Brand New Day, because there’s really nothing wrong with it. If you could criticize one thing it would be that there aren’t really any bangers or songs that really stand out. At least not like the anthems the boys have made in the past, i.e “Fuel Injected”, “Lady Venom” or “Watch This”. Perhaps it’s the lack of catchy hooks this time around but Brand New Day feels a great sports team without the star player.
Maybe in time we’ll see some of the new tracks cement themselves into our culture and watch them become household names. For now, Brand New Day stands as a strong statement that Swollen are still here and their fans should be stoked and extremely proud of their latest effort.
On “Park Bench” Madchild spits: “Used to treat me like a trophy, then things got low key, I was dopey/ Now nobody even know me and just because I’m doing good again don’t mean you know me”
The Dynasty lives on.
Written by Max Dishaw for HipHopCanada