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Dressed For The Occasion - The Mitchell Brothers

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Artist: The Mitchell Brothers / Audio CD released 2007-11-19 at Warner

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      03.08.2009 11:41
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      The Mitchell Brothers' second album

      Famed for the hits "Routine Check" and "Harvey Nicks" from their debut album, the London cousins going by the names of Teddy and Tony Mitchell released "Dressed For The Occasion" as their second album, in which the UK Hip Hop duo would link up once again with The Streets and other names for their 2007 release.

      1. "Soulmate"

      Getting it going here, you find that we move into a track which shows the alternative nature of the music they create with one which has them putting together a sung hook to them performing some rap to re-introduce the pair for what they are best known for and get them heading towards the general sounds of this record. It is decent, but not that special and uses the same style as what was found on their 2005 album.

      **Three Stars**

      2. "Michael Jackson"

      Attracting much more attention with he Calvin Harris remix, this is a track which, as you may have already guessed, finds them performing in a dedication to a performer who had a heavy influence upon their lives not only for the music he created, but just as significantly for the dance moves which he innovated.

      **Four Stars**

      3. "Action Hero"

      Moving it on a little, you see that with this one you have them coming with another alternative one as they crank up the energy levels and perform in an urgent manner as they take on the roles of 'Action Heroes' and do things in away to really pull out the strengths for injecting humour into every aspect of what they do.

      **Four Stars**

      4. "Bestest Man"
      This is another which has them doing for the funny rhymes in the way which was seen on the first attempt and I felt that it made for a killer track this time around as you have one which has them on top of some eighties-styled production as Tony delivers his best man speech. You have him free of structure, doing it all in spoken word to just bring out as many jokes as possible and it hit hard here.

      **Four Stars**

      5. "Gate Crasher"

      With some freaky production which seem to stick with the eighties theme, you have some Rock influences being brought forward in the composition and it made for something which shows just how different they are as it juxtaposes some heavy Breakbeats and fly rhymes which have them dealing with their Friday night antics.

      **Four Stars**

      6. "Postcard"

      You see that here Teddy kicks things off here on one which has them direction twist as the two of them decide to do a dedication to their 'ends' as they go on holiday. It is a distinctly British track from them to show that they have no plans of wanting to forget what they are about and how the country has had them turn towards this style of music.

      **Four Stars**

      7. "Ratings"

      Keeping things along the same sort of lines with what you hear from the music, you see that for this particular one you have them choosing to do on e where they do much more singing and bringing this in with their interesting delivery style when it comes to their raps and I felt that this only worked because they chose to stick with the humorous flows.

      **Four Stars**

      8. "Reservoir Drugs"

      With the fellow UK rapper Professor Green on their side, you see that you get a bit of a change form the album here. You have an up-tempo one from them which surprisingly works as they show just how effectively they can work with others outside their immediate circle (Mike Skinner). It is a fresh one and acts as a bit of a change here.

      **Four Stars**

      9. "Shots Echo"

      You get further collaboration as for this one you see Ghetto (now known as Ghetts) and Plan B come to join them here. This was a popular track from the thing and I felt that it deserved the attention as you see them move towards the colder side of London life and how things are seen to be in the areas they have grown up.

      **Four Stars**

      10. "Cats And Dogs"

      The production in this one is amongst the best you get from it, and I felt that this was largely down tot he fact that they come up with something which has a clearly West Coast Hip Hop feel to it to move on to somewhere other than their own nearby influences. The track is another funny one and keeps the flow going here.

      **Four Stars**

      11. "Slap My Face"

      You see more experimentation form them here as with the final track you see them joining forces with the Scottish Indie Rock band Franz Ferdinand. Personally, I don't really feel the music they usually do, but here as they move towards the grungy dark Hip Hop style, it really works here to show that they are suited for it.

      **Four Stars**

      Although I didn't thing that it got off to the best of starts, the album is a consistently strong one from the duo. I felt that they did well to back up what they brought on their first album and although I felt that the singles from "A Breath Of Fresh Attire" were better, the standards were generally much higher here.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Solemate
      2 Michael Jackson
      3 Action Hero
      4 Bestest Man
      5 Gatecrasher
      6 Postcard
      7 Ratings
      8 Reservoir Drugs
      9 Shots Echo
      10 Cats And Dogs
      11 Slap My Face - Mitchell Brothers & Franz Ferdinand