'Think - It Ain't Illegal Yet'

RRA faced a tricky task in attempting to follow Brit rap's first accepted masterpiece, and 'Think' is a fine attempt in difficult circumstances. The drum programming is considerably more sophisticated, the sound thickened by additional percussion, and the general feel echoes PE's tried-and-tested dense funk attack. Furthermore you can dance to 'Think', where dancing to 'Killer' would doubtless have caused a rupture.

Lyrically though, there's nothing as genuinely witty as 'Jealous MC'. RRA are lively enough, focusing on the problems of disenfranchised British black in the diamond-hard title track and the poignant 'No Tale, No Twist' - avoiding ambiguous slogans, they paint a more lucid picture of urban disaffection than any other rap group, period. The one 'joke lyric' is 'Down and Dirty'; although a 'parody sex rap', you'd still need strong guts to stomach its sick sexism, ill-advised.

RRA are more professional and politically sussed than ever, but they've sacrificed some of their charm and originality in producing the seamless 73 minutes of 'Think'. While the rock influence survives, the anarchic home-made ethic and menacing gothic guitars of 'Killer' have gone. A great shame, but a great LP nonetheless.

Dan E