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Power in Numbers is the third studio album by American hip hop group Jurassic 5.

Power in Numbers
Power in Numbers.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 8, 2002 (2002-10-08)
GenreHip hop
Length56:11
LabelInterscope
4934372 (Original)
06949344821 (Re-release)
ProducerCut Chemist, DJ Nu-Mark, Juju, Sa-Ra Creative Partners
Jurassic 5 chronology
Quality Control
(2000)
Power in Numbers
(2002)
Feedback
(2006)
Alternative cover
Re-issue cover
Re-issue cover

It picks up where their previous album, Quality Control "left off", with a short double bass sample playing the same riff that the last song on Quality Control, "Swing Set", ended with.

Contents

Musical styleEdit

The album features a number of differing song styles. One track, "React", composed by Jurassic 5 DJ Cut Chemist, is sample-based and contains no raps. "A Day at the Races" is based around a sample of David Axelrod's "Urizen" from the album Song of Innocence. "Acetate Prophets" has the same structure, but is much longer and also features production from Jurassic 5's other DJ, DJ Nu-Mark. Many tracks start or end with a sample of speech, usually inserted by Cut Chemist. The track "DDT" is an a cappella track rapped by renowned underground emcee Kool Keith, featuring no raps by Jurassic 5 themselves.

ReleaseEdit

The album later had a limited re-release, which came with an accompanying DVD. The DVD consists of three featurettes on the group, one of which is a live performance. The UK version of this re-release also included an additional track on the CD, an alternative version of the track "Thin Line", featuring Mýa in place of Nelly Furtado.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Drowned in Sound8/10[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
The Guardian     [5]
Los Angeles Times    [6]
Pitchfork7.1/10[7]
Q     [8]
Resident Advisor4.5/5[9]
Rolling Stone     [10]
Spin7/10[11]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Power in Numbers received an average score of 76% based on 20 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."This Is"Cut Chemist0:53
2."Freedom"DJ Nu-Mark3:19
3."If You Only Knew"Juju3:51
4."Break"Cut Chemist3:16
5."React"Cut Chemist0:56
6."A Day at the Races" (featuring Big Daddy Kane and Percee P)Cut Chemist4:02
7."Remember His Name"DJ Nu-Mark3:44
8."What's Golden"DJ Nu-Mark3:08
9."Thin Line" (featuring Nelly Furtado)Cut Chemist4:45
10."After School Special"DJ Nu-Mark2:41
11."High Fidelity"DJ Nu-Mark3:07
12."Sum of Us"DJ Nu-Mark3:28
13."DDT" (featuring Kool Keith) 0:42
14."One of Them" (featuring Juju)Juju3:18
15."Hey"Sa-Ra Creative Partners4:25
16."I Am Somebody"Cut Chemist4:05
17."Acetate Prophets"Cut Chemist, DJ Nu-Mark6:31

Album singlesEdit

Single information
"What's Golden"
  • Released: October 22, 2002
  • B-side: "High Fidelity"
"If You Only Knew" (Australia Only)
  • Released: November 25, 2003
  • B-side: "Quality Control (Live)", "Concrete Schoolyard (Live)", "If You Only Knew (Live)"
"Freedom"
  • Released: December 2, 2003
  • B-side: "One Of Them"
"Hey"
  • Released: January 27, 2004
  • B-side: "If You Only Knew"

Chart positionsEdit

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 15
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums[14] 13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Power in Numbers by Jurassic 5". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Power in Numbers – Jurassic 5". AllMusic. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Nettleton, Chris (October 21, 2002). "Album Review: Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Serpick, Evan (October 18, 2002). "Power in Numbers". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Peschek, David (October 4, 2002). "Jurassic 5: Power in Numbers". The Guardian. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Kuipers, Dean (October 6, 2002). "Jurassic 5's Power Surge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Chennault, Sam (October 13, 2002). "Jurassic 5: Power in Numbers". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Jurassic 5: Power in Numbers". Q (196): 103–05. November 2002.
  9. ^ JJ (November 12, 2002). "Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers". Resident Advisor. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Relic, Peter (November 28, 2002). "Jurassic 5: Power In Numbers". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  11. ^ "The Breakdown". Spin. 18 (11): 124. November 2002. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  13. ^ "Jurassic 5 - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "Jurassic 5 - Chart history - Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 1, 2017.

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