Jean's vision of himself as a musical revolutionary doesn't exactly jibe with the shout-out he gives to Armani and Calvin Klein on his liner notes. But then revolutionaries are sometimes as contradictory as politicians. If Jean has his way about it, they'll apparently be better-dressed too.
The Fugees member's ambitious stance on this solo project takes him from the symphony to the streets, and the classical underpinnings of "Apocalypse" actually serve to give that track a funkier bite. Be it the roughneck swagger of "Jaspora" or fellow Fugee Lauryn Hill's seductively ominous purr on "Gunpowder," there is much on this record to recommend.