The Urge's Receiving the Gift of Flavor is a by-the-books set of funk-metal, drawing equally from the forced rap/metal fusions of Rage Against the Machine and the party-hearty funk-metal of Red Hot Chili Peppers, throwing in the metal-ska of Fishbone for good measure. At times, the Urge hits upon a powerful groove, but for the most part, the music is stilted. Perhaps if the group had been recorded live in concert, it would have been able to fulfill their promise a bit more.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine