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CD Review: Bored Stiff "From The Ground Up"

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These Bored Stiff guys chose an ironic name, because bored stiff is what you'll be. It's like they decided to make the most nondescript album of all time, "From The Ground Up". They come from the Bay area, and have a reputation that goes back as far as the 90's, so what gives?

It's not like "From The Ground Up" is horrible. It's good in the sense that beats are pleasant, and the rhymes flow nicely. But there's no grab, no pull, no "pop sizzle fizzle" to make you want more. It's good old fashioned, ordinary, Bay area hip hop, with sing-songy delivery, and melodic beats. Like i said, that isn't bad, just a little boring. It's like a 6 out of 10, on the good side... just not incredibly special.

If you want to judge for yourself, the album comes out Tuesday.