Siobhan Murphy - 18th July, 2010  

Professor Green's Alive Till I’m Dead is full of welcome surprises

Album review: There's a sense of kinetic energy bubbling under Professor Green's productions, heightened by his refreshing willingness to mix up musical styles.

Professor Green: Alive Till I’m Dead Professor Green: Alive Till I’m Dead (Virgin)

Hackney MC Stephen Manderson, aka Professor Green, can’t escape the Eminem comparisons but it turns out that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

With lyrical skills honed through the battle circuit (that Peter Andre diss is a gem), an engaging sense of darkly offbeat humour and an ear for an addictive hook, he has all the ingredients for chart success.

And unlike some other crossover grime artists, Green manages to keep it gritty, even amid the rip-off riffs and blatant pop of singles Just Be Good To Green and the catchy, INXS-bothering I Need You Tonight.

There’s a sense of kinetic energy bubbling under these productions, heightened by Green’s deadpan self-deprecation and refreshing willingness to mix up musical styles.

The good news is, for all that this is pure pop, it’s still full of welcome surprises.


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