N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo
- Words: August Howard
- Label: Anti-
- XLR8R Rating: 4/10
While the producers behind The Spirit of Apollo—Spike Jonze’s little bro Sam Spiegel and Brazil’s DJ Zegon—are certainly competent beatsmiths with an impressive rolodex, their debut album is a bloated, unfocused collection of bland hip-hop and WTF? moments that only occasionally reflects the boys’ shared love of vintage Brazilian funk and soul. Even with help from a-list rappers (Kanye West, Method Man, E-40), hipster darlings (M.I.A., Karen O, Lykke Li), music legends that should know better (David Byrne, Tom Waits), and countless other guest stars, The Spirit of Apollo is a lackluster effort destined to soundtrack the trendy commercials of today and overpopulate the used bins of tomorrow.
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