Norway - Full Moon 58 - 07/05/01
Finally Norwegian hip-hop scene's "trois terrible de la bourgeoisie" (yes, I'm a French
class drop-out), Uro, have hit the streets with their debut album. And it sure is as hip, cool
and good as the single Uroelementer promised earlier this year.
Uro - rappers Daffy, Lex Lutor and Lasarus - plus a lot of friends and guests (Jester,
Apollo, Definite, Pen Jakke, Busta Ofte a.k.a. Jørg-1 of Tungtvann, Gatas Parlament,
Norwegian beat-poet Jan Erik Vold, and: reporter Ingolf Håkon Teigene of the NRK: the
Norwegian State Broadcasting Co.!) present 14 more or less kicking tracks, packed with words;
lyrics including great humor, some serious curves, as well as some, well, maybe too infantile
parts. Anyhow, after a short introduction track, Sparker inn dører literally (Eng.:
Kicking doors in) kicks off the party. Uro is back in town! Uro use samples from a well known
children's song on the next track Bakvendtland, which has got an incredible list
of name-droppery (mostly Norwegians, but also some international celeb names, such as Puff
Daddy, get some smacking). Throughout the album the flow of words is highly impressive, working
brilliantly most of the time, melodic as well as tale-tellery (true stories of growing up in Oslo
and its suburbs; partying, experiencing the first highs, ups and downs with drinks, girls, etc.).
Uroelementer (with Apollo) is a real party-track, but another favorite is the melodic
1984 (w/ Jester). Hovedstaden is a celebration of Oslo, the capital, but not
the people "running it". Another highlight is the heavier rhythmed Labbene i Taket,
introducing jazz musicians Sjur Miljeteig and Peder Kjellsby on guitars. Then there's the lazy
dub cut'n'scratch Dag to, including the horn section The Miles Experience.
Last track, Hjelp vi er på plate is called a bonus track, with a whole bunch of
the rap friends taking turns behind the mike. Then there's silence, until you restart your CD
player. Simply because Sirkus Uro, despite some weaker moments inbetween, is a disc
worth repeating. Well done.
Copyright © 2001 Håvard Oppøyen