Egoraptor and Ninja Sex Party came together once again for their second Rap Album. Starbomb, as the group is called, raps about video game characters, most often taking the perspective of characters from many popular video games. Their first album came out around this time last year, and on the 16th their second album Player Select was birthed into the world.
My short review: it's better than their first, and a truly impressive feat.
Unlike similar video game parodies and rap groups, Starbomb doesn't normally rap about game plots or aspects. It's not to say that there aren't any game references, but they're unexplained. This style is limiting to outside audiences (people who aren't gamers), but a few songs in this album are more wide reaching than their first endeavor. The songs are very unique, to say the least, but most people don't know Glass Joe, or some of the more obscure Zelda enemies.
Every aspect of this album is better than the first. Danny's lyrics are better, Arin's raps are impressive, and Brian did a great job in improving the melodies and arrangements. The songs are fun, funny, and catchy. Some of the songs for their first, eponymous album weren't fun or really something anyone would want to sing. Singing along is hard not to do, a great trait of any good song. The rhythm catches the ear in a very interesting manner. Often Arin's raps take over the beat.
Danny's voice personally gives me goose bumps. In earlier NSP albums and in Starbomb, Danny had a tendency to stick to one style of singing, but employs many different methods in this album. His voice has truly become his instrument.
Arin's rapping is impressive. His experience as a voice actor shows, and puts his voice to the limit with each song. With this being his second effort at the rap game, his abilities seem to be far beyond what anyone would expect. This was true the first time around, but this album feels eons beyond their first.
Brian's music can, at first, seem samey, but only because everything above it is so mesmerizing. The music is very much appropriate, and while it seems to follow Arin and Danny's voices, it does drive through and dictate the rhythm. The effort is appreciated, and I think Brian accomplishes much by making the music part of the background, like a very important back bone.
Starbomb is something else, a group which deserves all of the recognition and success it has garnered. I'm excited to see what comes next.