Have to focus on jazz for a while here, but (a I’m actually most surprised and excited about the Alicia Keys — I adored her debut and thought she fell off a freaking cliff — hurt deeply by her bland rather than brainy choices (b I ended up at around two stars for De La Soul — it’s good but it stopped getting better after the third listen.
I think I was shocked about the limits of DJ Shadow’s masterful cut-and-paste because I was in denial about the boundaries of voracious music listening.
I’m old enough to remember that back when jazz was busy fusin’ with rock and funk, it had an unfortunate weakness for periodic schlock. Now I’m hearing that hip-hop does not prevent such lapses, either.
Absolutely on the same page with Aesop Rock. Album artwork of the year so far, too.
Also close with Mr. Lif. I might give three stars. Kinda wore off on me — or rather, didn’t keep blooming and deepening as I expected from the first listen.
The gentle, transcendent voice of PM Dawn. They were one of the final true convolutions of classic soul fused with hip-hop. I could not stop playing Of the Heart, of the Soul, and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience.