Thursday, January 5, 2012

Album Review: "Rehab: Deluxe Edition" by Lecrae

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Last year, I reviewed Lecrae's most successful album Rehab. In January, he followed that record up with its sister package Rehab: The Overdose, which I reviewed as well. Lecrae chose to combine these two albums into one deluxe package which was released almost exactly a year after the first Rehab album 2011. Rehab: Deluxe Edition was sold for the low price of just $9.99 at Target and contains both Rehab and Rehab: The Overdose as well as five extra songs and a DVD. Being a Lecrae fan, I bought a copy of Rehab Deluxe for myself shortly after its release and in my review, I will give you my opinion on it. Before reading the rest of this review, I recommend you read my full album reviews for Rehab and Rehab: The Overdose.

Rehab Deluxe features both full length albums with five extra songs added to the Rehab: The Overdose section of the package. The first song "Hallelujah" was released to iTunes before the album. It has a head-bobbing beat that is sure to be fun seeing Lecrae sing live. "Wish It Wasn't True" is slower, but still has a good tune that fits well into the album. It has a feeling of
disappointment of someone who has fallen back into a sinful routine, something I know myself and many others will easily relate to. The next song "Finally Free" features J. Paul and is about finally being free of the chains of sin that have held us down until we knew Christ. The final new song on the album is "Hope" and features Coffee from the famous Christian band Grits. It challenges Christians on if they will be able to still have hope when times are tough. "Would you still believe if the walls tumbled down/ If night start getting cold would you stay around/ When life starts getting hard could you fly above the fire/ Our would you rather take an easy road/ To get to where we are?" Though the following song is an extra track, it is not truly a new song. It is, in fact, a remix of the hit single "Jesus Muzik" from the album When The Muzik Stops and is titled "Jesus Muzik Dubster Remix by Karac." Listening to this remix brings back a lot memories of Lecrae's previous years and really shows how far Lecrae has come in his career.

Perhaps the best addition to the two albums in Rehab Deluxe is the DVD. The DVD features most of Lecrae's music videos, behind the scenes of his "Don't Waste Your Life" video, a backstage pass video, the "Man Up" trailer, promo vids of his Rehab album, and his life story which shows where his interest in hip hop/rap began. One of the music videos is "Far Away," a single which was not featured on any of Lecrae's album and was used to gain money for Haiti earthquake victims. Those who do not have this single will enjoy being able to hear it in the video which features Lecrae singing in front of a live audience with the song playing in the background.

Rehab Deluxe certainly has its pros and cons. You get five extra tracks, one of them now a hit song in concert, as well as a great DVD that all Lecrae fans will love to have! However, some may be disappointed that they will now have another copy of albums they already have and the few new songs may not satisfy them enough. I have considered both sides, but I came to the conclusion that this album is worth buying, especially if one gets the Target deal which is the same price that Rehab: The Overdose was sold for. Plus, buyers can maybe give their other copies of the albums to friends and perhaps make new Lecrae fans! Rehab Deluxe becomes a must have for all Lecrae fans and I believe that those who buy it will be glad that they did.

Top Bonus Song
  1. Wish It Wasn't True
Disk 1:
  1. Check In
  2. Killa
  3. Divine Intervention Ft. J.R.
  4. Just Like You Ft. J. Paul
  5. Gotta Know Ft. Benjah
  6. Used To Do It Too Ft. Kb
  7. Children of the Light Ft. Sonny Sandoval & Dillavou
  8. High Ft. Suzy Rock
  9. New Shalom Ft. Pro
  10. 40 Deep Ft. Tedashii & Trip Lee
  11. Walking On Water
  12. God Is Enough Ft. Flame & Jai
  13. Boasting Ft. Anthony Evans
  14. Background Ft. C-Lite
  15. New Reality Ft. Chinua Hawk
  16. Release Date Ft. Chris Lee
  17. I Love You Ft. Chris Lee
Disk 2:
  1. Overdose
  2. More
  3. Battle Song
  4. Anger Management
  5. Blow Your High
  6. Strung Out
  7. Chase That Intro
  8. Chase That (Ambition)
  9. The Good Life
  10. Like That
  11. Going In
  12. Hallelujah*
  13. Wish It Wasn't True*
  14. Finally Free (feat. J. Paul) [Target Exclusive]*
  15. Hope (feat. Coffee) [Target Exclusive]*
  16. Jesus Muzik Dubster Remix by Karac*
  1. Background: The Story Behind The Music (Special Feature)
  2. 116 Live: Backstage Pass (Special Feature)
  3. The Making Of Don't Waste Your Life (Behind The Scenes)
  4. Man Up: The Movie (Trailer)
  5. Just Like You (Music Video)
  6. Background Ft. Andy Mineo (C-Lite) (Music Video)
  7. Don't Waste Your Life Ft. Cam Video (Music video)
  8. Prayin For You (Music Video)
  9. Far Away (Music Video)
  10. Jesus Muzik Ft. Trip Lee (Music Video)
  11. I Am Dust (Promo video)
  12. Idols (Promo Video)


Jesselyn said...

I enjoy reading your always positive reviews, Justin!

Josh said...

Good album review. I liked it. I hope to get that album as soon as I can.

Justin Morden said...

@Jesselyn Thanks! :)

@Josh Thanks! I'm sure you will enjoy it if you get it!