OutKast multiplies music lovers' pleasures with its first double album, featuring a solo CD set from both Big Boi and AndrÉ 3000.
OutKast multiplies music lovers' pleasures with its first double album, featuring a solo CD set from both Big Boi and André 3000. "The Love Below," the latter's contribution, is all about the love. From the swinging "Love Hater" to the ethereal "She Lives in My Lap," André 3000 showcases his broad musical palette on the themed set. For immediate proof, look no further than lead single "Hey Ya," with its '60s pop vibe. Meanwhile, Big Boi's "Speakerboxxx" is more in the vein of past OutKast projects. Tracks like lead single "The Way You Move" and "Bowtie" should more than satisfy OutKast purists. That said, Big Boi does his own bit of experimenting with the ultra-funky "Ghetto Musick." The result is a sonic gem that is part electro-funk, part R&B slow jam (courtesy of a snippet from Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You"). This could very well be the year's best album.—RH
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