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Album: Showtime
# Song Title   Time
1)    Showtime
2)    Stand up Tall
3)    Everywhere
4)    Graftin'
5)    Learn
6)    Hype Talk
7)    Face
8)    Respect Me
9)    Get By - (featuring Vanya)
10)    Knock, Knock
11)    Dream
12)    Girls - (featuring Marga Man)
13)    Imagine
14)    Flyin'
15)    Fickle
1)    [DVD]
 

Album: Showtime
# Song Title   Time
1)    Showtime
2)    Stand up Tall
3)    Everywhere
4)    Graftin'
5)    Learn
6)    Hype Talk
7)    Face
8)    Respect Me
9)    Get By - (featuring Vanya)
10)    Knock, Knock
11)    Dream
12)    Girls - (featuring Marga Man)
13)    Imagine
14)    Flyin'
15)    Fickle
1)    [DVD]
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Marga Man (vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Nicolas Cage.
  • Recording information: Belly Of The Beast, London, England (03/2003-05/2004); Raskit's Lair (03/2003-05/2004).
  • Photographers: Spike Jonze; Dean Chalkley.
  • On his sophomore release, 19-year-old British MC Dizzee Rascal proves that his Mercury Music Prize-winning debut, BOY IN DA CORNER, was no fluke. If anything, success only appears to have made Dizzee even more ferocious and determined. For the uninitiated, SHOWTIME will come as a shock. With hyperactive, aggressive lyrics and assaulting, off-kilter tunes, SHOWTIME sounds like a time-capsule sent from the distant future.
  • The title track starts things off, as Dizzee recalls the days before he was a superstar. Although the album's 15 tracks cover a variety of tempos and moods--the club-banging "Stand Up Tall," the Asian-influenced "Learn," the slow and murky "Graftin'"--one thing remains constant: the dizzying vocal delivery of Dizzee himself. Whether he's poking fun at his own stardom ("Face"), discussing the female of the species ("Girls"), or reminiscing about adolescence ("Dream"), he never slows down to catch his breath. Much like Eminem, Dizzee Rascal writes from a deeply personal place. It is this honest approach that makes SHOWTIME such a vital listening experience.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.186) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "SHOWTIME finds Rascal molting off some of his debut's hard shell with cleaner sounds and clearer verses."

Spin (pp.107-8) - "[P]uffy with bluster, brimming with indignation..." - Grade: A-

Spin (p.66) - Ranked #11 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "SHOWTIME's real emotional core is a classic new-wave paradox..."

Q (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[S]ardonic, belligerent, quirky....[It] teems with exotic noises, odd rhythmic loops and unexpected shifts in mood."

Uncut (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 - "SHOWTIME sounds incredible. With his arresting style of mutant grime-pop, Mills dazzles on every track....SHOWTIME proves Dizzee's capable of anything."

Uncut (p.75) - Ranked #18 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[W]ith his arresting style of mutant grime-pop....Complemented by an instinctive feel for melody and arrangement."

Alternative Press (p.114) - "He fleshes out his futuristic garage beats with more melody and glitchy hooks, but it's the urgency of the 20-year-old Londoner's brash Brit patois that dares you not to decipher it." - 5 out of 5

Vibe (p.162) - "[He] takes the spotlight on his second go-round by stirring robotic rhythms into a perfect blend..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 5 stars out of 5 - "What Dizzee Rascal has done with this record is find his own - profoundly satisfying - balance between grime's digital vortex of ring-tones and car alarms and an older more contemplative electronic tradition."
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