Hailing from New Jersey, The Board of Education spit rhymes over all sorts of throwback grooves from funk to soul to hip hop to jazz on their album Back to School. Will their 14 tracks make the grade or will they flunk out? Only one way to find out.
The first couple of tracks got off to a bit of a rocky start. I was pretty happy with the beats but there seemed to be a few problems with keeping things lined up with the vocals. Keep in mind that these weren't major problems, but they were noticable. So far, things looked good but not great.
Once you get further into Back to School though, things really pick up. Song by song, this develops into a really solid piece of music. By the time you get to "Expectations", the album's fifth song, it's damn good. The production is top notch, the lyrics and delivery are confident and it only gets better. I'd recommend that the track order get reworked because there's seom great material here and I'd hate for it to get overlooked.
I don't care if you're into hip hop or not. Give these dudes a chance and checkout their Band Camp page. They put a lot of work into this album and it shows.
Jeff Higgins is the founder of Groove Sandwich. He had a great New Year's Eve and he wishes everybody the best in 2012...except for Larry Donowitz. That guy's an asshole.