The Powers That B

Death Grips - The Powers That B
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Based on 7 reviews
2015 Ratings: #183 / 770
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Based on 478 ratings
2015 Ratings: #12
March 31, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Though radically different in execution, The Powers That B is a compelling look at the band's ability to work with sounds both minimal and monumental, while containing some of their most riveting lyrical and musical work in recent memory.

90
The Needle Drop

Death Grips finally completes an immense double album with the release of Jenny Death, assembling two very different--but satisfying--releases in the DG discography.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

That’s not a detraction of Niggas on the Moon — it doesn’t feel like less, just different — but more a comment on the relationship between form and content and praise for Jenny Death, which represents another step forward for Death Grips, a group that seems to have walked over the horizon and out of sight albums ago.

70
musicOMH

The second half, Jenny Death, is better. A lot better. It’s perched far closer to the edge of apocalypse, a pinhead upon which Death Grips seem far more at home.

70
PopMatters

The Powers That B is a collection of music explicitly without a thesis, and while that’s fine, it’s harder to place in the scheme of things.

70
Spin

Their squashed dynamics leave the dissonances in the gutter, and except for maybe “I Break Mirrors,” it’s hard to differentiate the highlights from the chaff. 

60
AllMusic

Half esoteric and half essential, The Powers That B is comprised of Niggas on the Moon, a strange, short album where guest Björk was sampled as her vocals collided with Death Grips' own MC Ride, and Jenny Death, a more traditional Death Grips LP which sounds like where they were heading, rather than just outtakes and leftovers.

marcopive
74
TPTB is currently the monst underrated album of 2015... Holy shit, fuck PTFK amiright?

NotM= 8.5
JD=10

Modern Classic... it'll be too late to take things back in 2020 when this becomes the symbol of a fuckin' decade.
cookie
100
madness

chaos in the brain

yea, pretty much sums it up. those out-of-body-experience beats, rhymes, riffs...

you either love it or you hate it
MarcMothersole
90
"N*ggas On The Moon" and "Jenny Death" seem like two unrelated projects at first. The former, an electronic Bjork inspired project, is really spacey and abstract. It doesn't have any apparent destination and comes of as a collection of singles rather than an album. The latter is a punk rock inspired riot that is louder and more chaotic than anything else in the DG discography.

Disc One: N*ggas On The Moon

Disc one doesn't work very well without context of the entire album ... read more
Pamford45
100
I've finally decided to rate the two albums together again because they've grown on me so much that I just can't help but rate both a 100, I'll still show the separate reviews for them tho:

Disc 1: respected individuals on the moon

This fucking thing needed like 6 months to fully click on me but god damn, this the best Death Grips albums of their discography and actually one of my favourite albums period. This is mind fuckingly amazing

Disc 2: Jenny Death

I fucking love the rock elements ... read more
exception
NR
death grips had a mediocre album in 2013 in government plates. when niggas on the moon was individually released in 2014, it made everyone unsure of how jenny death would sound. jenny death is for sure the stronger half of this LP, i like to think that niggas is just an 8 track intro to the best part of the project. tptb has some of the best production that death grips has had since the money store, and the added instruments included in jenny death change their sound. i'm hoping that their ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/The Needle Drop
#75/Rough Trade

Track List

Disc 1: niggas on the moon

  1. Up My Sleeves 
  2. Billy Not Really 
  3. Black Quarterback 
  4. Say Hey Kid 
  5. Have a Sad Cum BB 
  6. Fuck Me Out
  7. Voila 
  8. Big Dipper

Disc 2: jenny death

  1. I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States 
  2. Inanimate Sensation 
  3. Turned Off 
  4. Why a Bitch Gotta Lie 
  5. PSS PSS 
  6. The Powers That B 
  7. Beyond Alive 
  8. Centuries of Damn
  9. On GP 
  10. Death Grip 2.0
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