It would be unfair to say that 's Greatest Misses is where it all began to go wrong for Face To Face - Odyssey - Boom Boom Enemybut it wouldn't be entirely inaccurate.
Following Apocalypse 91 by a little less than a year, the album is a jumble of six new songs and six remixes, with a live cut added as a bonus track -- a sure sign that the group was either finding a way to buy time or didn't quite have the energy to finish a full album.
The resulting record doesn't indicate which answer is better, which is part of the problem: It never quite comes into focus, which is a startling change in course from a crew who, prior to this, never took an unsure step with their recordings.
That lack of direction is what really hurts Tie Goes To The Runner - Public Enemy - Hazy Shade Of Criminal record, since it seeps into not just the superfluous remixes many waterlogged with introductory hot-button talk-show samplesbut also the new material. Treble n Mr. Bass -- sound restrained as they try to move PE away from their signature sonic assault and into newer, soulful territory. To a certain extent, it works on "Hit da Road Jack," but when the Parliament allusions are hauled out on this album's obligatory Flavor Flav showcase, "Gett off My Back," for the first time Public Enemy sound like followers, not leaders.
This trouble is compounded by the fact that the tracks where they sound the most comfortable -- "Tie Goes to the Runner," the basketball saga "Air Hoodlum," and the record's best track, "Hazy Shade of Criminal" -- are the ones that sound closest to the band's classic sound, which, at that point, was beginning to sound outdated as hip-hop became ensconced in gangsta. In retrospect, it sounds better -- still not among their best material, but solid genre material nonetheless, with the aforementioned songs apart from "Gett off My Back" all being satisfying within the sound that PE has developed, Tie Goes To The Runner - Public Enemy - Hazy Shade Of Criminal if it's not among their best work.
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