If someone was expecting a Clipse like album I can see them being very disappointed with this album. For me I like it overall, but I am not overwhelmed by it. It's not going to get the AOTY but I also enjoy quite a few songs. Both the Pusha and Ab-Liva songs are favourites so far, as are "Bow Down No Mo" and "Bury That". "Unforgettble" is nice but they should have left out the singing part of the hook. The KRS-1 homage on "Blasphemy" With Fam-Lay is also dope and sounds like something that could have been on "Hell Hath No Fury" with the minimalist style. The problem with the album is with the production on certain songs which interrupt the flow of the album for me. I feel No Malice could have got his message across while also sticking to the formula he is known for. I guess I am not big on the production on songs like the title track. "Hear Ye Him" is a deep joint but probably badly placed sounds like an outtro track. "June" could have been so much more subtle production wise with the sample. Dude should have tapped Khrysis. The other issue is No Malices super straight forward approach to the lyrics. He could have gone the Lupe route and dropped some joints with biblical depth for us to decipher.
The last 4 tracks kinda bring down the overall album for me. If he had another 4 joints at the level of "Smoke and Mirrors" it would have been stronger for me. However overall it's not too bad. I really like 7 of the 13 actual joints (minus interludes/skits) and I don't outright hate any of the others just used to hearing Pusha over top notch ahead of their time beats. The religious content doesn't bother me because frankly that has always been there. The titles of their albums have leaned that way..."Lord Willin".... and No Malice was showing a lot of signs of that on the last Clipse album.