After a decade of Stanton Sessions mixed CD and countless breaks remixes of song from every genre, the Warriors are back with their very first album of completely original material, entitled… drumroll please… The Warriors. Hm. Okay, no points for originality in the album title category, but the music is a different story. This compilation represents a shift from DJ-friendly dance floor-oriented breakbeat anthems to shorter, catchier tracks that seem more geared towards home and radio listeners. The Warriors have always been known for their crossover appeal and, um, The Warriors might be their most mainstream album yet.
However, the focus on mass-appeal comes at a cost. Unlike previous Stanton Warriors albums, the tracks here are unmixed, and with the variety of styles and influences this results in a rather uneven listening experience for those used to their mixed DJ albums. Additionally, you can’t produce a radio-friendly album without relying on heavily on vocalists. We’re certainly used to rap vocals from the Warriors, and, er, The Warriors has them in spades, but there’s also an abundance of singing in the choruses. Being able to sing along to your electronic music is a matter of personal preference of course, but some long-time fans, your intrepid blogger included, may lament the absence of instrumental hooks.
In my eyes (or ears), the album is a solid collection with a little something for everyone, and has at least one highlight single I look forward to spinning, but as a whole it fails to move me in one direction or the other. Is this because these new sounds mark a departure from the Stanton Warriors I know and love? Most likely. But this seems to be happening to me a lot recently so don’t take my word for it. Have a listen to to some tracks from The Warriors, and let us know what you think of the new sound of, sigh, the Warriors.
Get Up (Feat Hollywood Holt & Ruby Goe)
Bushido (Feat Sammy J & Sporty-O)
Out of My Head