The Score: "['Our House' Has] Sharper Production, A Barrage Of Guest MCs & Knob-Crushers Including Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo, Swizz Beatz..."

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 3:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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  • Welcome To Our House
  • Slaughterhouse
  • August 28, 2012
All Hip Hop 8/10
The Versed 4.5/5
Rolling Stone 3/5
Crave Online 7.5/10
Soul Culture 2.5/5

The wait is over. The cliché may be one you are all too used to hearing but after three long years and a highly-anticipated Shady Records debut finally on store shelves today (August 28), Slaughterhouse's Welcome to: Our House brings new life to the phrase.

With three years of music waiting to get unleashed, Slaughterhouse do not hold back on their long-awaited follow-up to 2009's self-titled release.

With an E1 self-titled release under their belts, which saw critical acclaim rear its head towards the group, as well as an EP, it was the recent mixtape On The House which drummed up a bit of excitement in preparation for their major label debut. Full of throwaway cuts, straight hip-hop and no hooks, the fans who have been down with the group since day one were satisfied - "Truth Or Truth Pt.1" is possibly one of the year's finest records. (Soul Culture UK)

Before even hitting shelves, questions loomed from music critics and fans alike to what the LP would contain.

As a group of four of the most accomplished, respected, and traditional lyricists in the industry today (Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, and Joe Budden), many have predicted that the release of the long awaited, big budget Slaughterhouse album would be a breath of fresh air in the current rap climate - focused more on brutal wordplay and verbal dexterity than the now standard flashy production and lazy, yet passable punch lines. Some of the group's more vocal fans have put the project on an even greater pedestal, seemingly stating that it might even help return hip hop to what some consider the "glory days" of the art form - complete with chyphers, legitimate freestyles, and a noticeable lack of skinny jeans. (The Versed)

Known for their lyrical slaughter, the foursome slice and dice throughout the sophomore effort.

Lyricism is still at the forefront for the majority of the songs. Crooked I consistently delivers struggle-free bars, even on the radio singles like "My Life" and "Park It Sideways". The other members all have their highlights as well; Royce's ludicrous lyrics shine on the Busta Rhymes-assisted (and Hit-Boy produced) "Coffin", while Joell Ortiz's heart-wrenching verse on "Goodbye" easily is one of the more memorable verses on the LP (not as a knock to the others; each verse on "Goodbye" is incredibly emotional, but Joell stands out), and Joe Budden's aggressive verses on "Flip A Bird" and "Die" are among the plethora of highlights as well. (All Hip Hop)

With a bigger budget, they sought out high-level production for the album's start to its finish.

There's a reason the flowmaster quartet don't mind so much that the album leaked a week before release. In fact, it's the only reason an artist should feel any sense of satisfaction on the cat escaping the bag ahead of schedule: the reactions are hugely favorable. Sharper production, a barrage of guest MCs and knob-crushers including Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo, Swizz Beatz, No I.D., Boi-1da, Mr. Porter and T-Minus, among others, brings a widely varied collection that early detractors have claimed presents a highly commercially-ambitious design. (Crave Online)

Despite the limited amount of space, Slaughterhouse managed to sneak in a few big collaborations this time around.

As for features, the album has relatively few which is understandable as four emcees on one track is hard enough and squeezing a feature on the track isn't exactly a good idea without defeating the purpose of the song. However, Skylar Grey, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beats, Eminem and Cee-Lo Green all make their contributions to certain tracks. There have been five singles released from this album namely Hammer Dance, My Life featuring Cee-Lo Green, Throw It Away featuring Swizz Beats, GoodBye and the latest offering Throw that featuring Eminem. (Hip Hop Dons)

While embraced by many, some critics took aim at the LP's lack of originality and overabundance of music.

Slaughterhouse - Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9" and Crooked I - are less a supergroup than a collection of oddballs. Eminem turns up on two tracks and produces two more. But the group's second LP is a showcase for gritty traditionalism: On "Hammer Dance," the hammer in question is on a pistol, and the dance is strictly metaphorical. (Rolling Stone)
Now to the album. Standing at 20, yes 20, tracks in length [which hasn't really been done since the days of No Limit when Master P was saying, "Uhh"] there's a issue already. In order to get away with such a high number of records on one project you need to be either making a concept album, an album that is more about beats than lyrics, an album where every single track is flawless, or a double album. None of the above apply here. (Soul Culture UK)

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