finishing up my first listen of his new album 'smiling with no teeth' and i'm basically speechless, this thing is so surprising and packed with brilliant ideas. i saw some positive chatter about him in the r&b thread, but man does this album deserve its own thread.
videos are also very much worth watching"the other black dog"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25CBe5FAvtI
"don't need you"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig6F67VIn-k
― voodoo chili, Thursday, 15 April 2021 00:12 (four weeks ago) link
It has brilliant and okay ideas; I lose interest in the middle stretch before regaining it in the last third. You're generally right, though.
― So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 April 2021 00:36 (four weeks ago) link
i hadn’t heard any of the singles, so i was totally put off by the opening tracks, which was far too death grips-y, but he won me over with track two and i was willing to roll with the punches.
― voodoo chili, Thursday, 15 April 2021 04:49 (four weeks ago) link
yeah some of his rapping on it is very death grips-esque
there's some good stuff on this album but idk how i feel about it as a whole yet, it's very all over the place
― ufo, Thursday, 15 April 2021 05:31 (four weeks ago) link
rapping also reminded me a bit of bartees strange. the short of it is, the tracks where he rapped weren’t the ones that spoke to me, but the unpredictable, all-over-the-place nature of the album was one of the things I liked most
― voodoo chili, Thursday, 15 April 2021 11:51 (four weeks ago) link
The Other Black Dog is absolutely one of my jams of the year.
― Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Friday, 16 April 2021 15:55 (three weeks ago) link
listened to this more and i think it's largely good-not-great, at its best when it's leaning more neo-soul
― ufo, Saturday, 17 April 2021 06:12 (three weeks ago) link
― Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin),
The way the melody keeps going up-up-up.
― So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 April 2021 09:33 (three weeks ago) link
That one almost sounds like a Hole chorus to me, I could hear Courtney singing it.
― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 18 April 2021 02:40 (three weeks ago) link
I do need to finally listen to the whole thing here.
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 April 2021 02:44 (three weeks ago) link
Xxp yes a similar trick to "The System" by Popcaan
― Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Monday, 19 April 2021 07:59 (three weeks ago) link
I like that all the variety he gets praised isn't totally scattergun but directed at scratching and soothing his trauma. At least in interviews he's said something along these lines - the recurring Story of the two black dogs representing racism and depression. And he's just as adventurous vocally as musically. And I agree that the middle section tends towards songs that sound a little less complete than those at the beginning and end, although I have no problem with Gold Chains, Drown and the title track, so I guess I'm just talking about Easy and Black Dogs. Anyway, my album of the year so far for sure.
― Cree, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 09:51 (three weeks ago) link