Sound good? Well it is, but the question that has arisen in many circles is-- Is the formula played?
Spoken word suffers from thematic and stylistic redundancy. And while this is inherent in the very nature of a genre, it is perhaps more endemic to spoken word than in other music categories. Rucker does speak on the tried and true poetry slam/jam topics, but she does so in such an individualized way, and effectively uses music to enhance her unique personal style.
It could be that Silver or Lead would be more manageable if it is considered a hip-hop album. In that case, Rucker clearly stands head to head with other conscious hip-hop artists like Mos Def, Common, Dead Prez and The Roots. Hip-hop is, after all, poetry, right? However, I would venture to say that Silver or Lead dances around classifications and stands on its own as an accomplished work by one of the pre-eminent poets of our time.