It’s an ambitious title, and Black Milk probably knew it was going to be interpreted as a boast. But Album Of The Year, the Detroit producer/MC’s fourth solo full-length, refers less to the size of his ego and more to the difficulties he encountered in 2009 that spurred him on creatively. The death of Slum Village’s Baatin, the stroke of manager Hex Murda weeks later and numerous deaths in his family made last year one of the most difficult of Black Milk’s life, and Album is the sonic phoenix rising out of the proverbial ashes. It is thick sounding with live drums layered atop programmed ones to add an extra dimension to his hardened beats. The MC attacks his words diligently with rabid vigor, giving Album the forceful push of someone carrying the weight of loved ones lost.