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    Default Flobots - The Circle In The Square

    online listen
    makes me see the advantage of being able to purchse individual tracks
    two I almost love but it doesn't hold up
    even a hidden track
    they never hide them very good
    they're always at the end of the last listed track
    1.6 from me and a converted 2.2 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - The Circle In The Square

    my favorite - Run

    my other favorite - Gonna Be Free

    released August 28th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    Featuring dual MCs as well as a full band, Flobots are a progressive rap group from Denver, CO, with a political
    conscience, musical chops, and a powerful live show. Influenced by progressive rappers such as the Roots and Common
    as well as alternative hard rock bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Tool, Flobots were founded in 2005,
    comprised of MCs Jonny 5 (born Jamie Laurie) and Brer Rabbit (born Stephen Brackett) -- who originally met in
    elementary school -- along with musicians Andy Guerrero (guitar), Mackenzie Roberts (viola), Joe Ferrone (trumpet),
    Jesse Walker (bass), and Kenny Ortiz (drums). The group released its debut recording, the seven-track Platypus EP,
    in October 2005. Their debut full-length, Fight with Tools (2007), followed a couple years later. Flobots inspired a
    strong following in the Denver region and found themselves opening shows there for national acts such as Public
    Enemy and the Fray.

    In 2008 the group was offered a major-label recording contract by Universal Music Group, which re-released Fight
    with Tools on its Republic subsidiary. March 2010 saw the release of Flobots' sophomore studio effort, the Mario
    Caldato-produced Survival Story, which demonstrated a heavier rock edge and featured a guest appearance by Rise
    Against's Tim McIlrath on the single "White Flag Warrior." In 2011, on the same day the Occupy Wall Street movement
    began, the socially conscious band announced they would be releasing a new album, making good on their promise with
    the arrival of The Circle in the Square in 2012.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Returning at a time when America feels at its most divided, Flobots face dark times with positivity on their third
    album, The Circle in the Square. Announced on the day the Occupy Wall Street movement began and released during an
    election year, the album comes at a time that finds the country dividing itself along political, socioeconomic, and
    spiritual lines, but rather than head into the fray with vitriol, it feels as if Flobots are making a conscious
    effort to remain calm, enlightening listeners to the things happening around them without necessarily trying to
    incite them to get angry about it, even speaking out against violence on "On Loss and Having." That message gets
    expanded upon on "Gonna Be Free," where the message seems to be about using our collective voices to come together
    and build things rather than tear them apart. When artists attach an album to current events, they run the risk of
    things quickly becoming dated and irrelevant as the world sorts itself out. Fortunately for Flobots, the messages in
    The Circle in the Square feel pretty universal. While the matter of whether or not hip-hop backed by a live band is
    your taste is purely a subjective one, and though The Circle in the Square is more likely to land with fans of
    Flobots than the uninitiated, the album's message that people should work together to build a better tomorrow is
    easy for anyone to identify with.

    Track Listing

    1. Flokovsky
    2. The Circle In The Square
    3. Run (Run Run Run)
    4. Sides
    5. On Loss And Having
    6. Gonna Be Free
    7. One Last Show
    8. Interlude
    9. Wrestling Israel
    10. Lonliness
    11. The Rose & The Thistle
    12. #OccupyEarth
    13. Journey After War (War Fatigues)
    14. Stop The Apocalypse
    15. ...
    Last edited by Music Head; 01-09-2012 at 12:13.

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    checked out your links for this one, liking your second link...bit on the repeatative side though,but not bad!

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