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PNC - Man on Wire Album Review

17 Apr 2011 // A review by Dilemma

PNC has really out done himself with his third release ‘Man on Wire,’ collaborating with some of New Zealand’s most innovative musicians and underlying the early tracks with movie sound bites makes for a brilliant sounding unique album.

The first track Murder classically showcases PNC’s natural talent for making music and the balance that he is trying to portray hence the album title. As the album plays you get a sense of that balance, every track seems symmetrical from the start to finish. Listening to the whole album is the only way you will understand how good PNC really is.

The second track Let your lover know which features The Checks seems like musical and collaborative genius, mixing Genres is never easy and definitely does not always work but this song is cohesive in both lyrical and musical styling.

Te Awanui Reeder, Vince Harder and Joe London all provide beautiful harmonies in their respective collaborations, She Got It and Be With You are little dance club electro numbers and Smile which pushes up close as a Hip Hop Ballad.

Slow Motion comes in with Jordache backed by Homebrew and seems to change up the tone of the album like a quick shot of pure hip hop followed by Another Night  which brings us back full circle to PNC’s infamous rap roots.

The Flame surprised me with Jessie Gurunathan singing back up to PNC’s usually really masculine presence is balanced at the end of the album with her soft, sweet vocals. The Flame leads into I Want It All a simple love letter to the future which after the emotions ventured though-out the album leaves you with that sense of balance.  

Man On Wire
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About PNC

PNC is one of today’s most talked about artists in Aotearoa Hip-Hop. Hailing from Palmerston North, PNC first gained underground notoriety with his unofficial single Day In The Life that topped the bFM charts. He followed that with appearances on various tracks from P-Money’s Magic City album. His refreshing style caught the attention of NZ Music’s elite and earned him a contract with Dirty Records.

He released his debut album Rookie Card in 2006, which was received with overwhelmingly positive reviews. His singles Just Roll and PN Whoa were top 20 chart hits, and Who Betta Than This was an underground smash. In 2007 he won Best Hip-Hop Album at the prestigious Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

In 2009 he released his sophomore effort Bazooka Kid, which continued the trend of critical acclaim. It received 4 stars from the notoriously critical NZ Herald and from the Dominion Post, and a 5 star review in Real Groove magazine. His single Tonight was a radio hit and reached Top 40 chart status. In the same year his collaboration with State Of Mind City On Fire become a local and international club anthem. A true songwriter, he has writing credits on various Top 10 singles including two Number 1’s (P-Money’s Stop The Music and Everything).

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