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Audience S Listening, the

Cut Chemist Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0012HEERU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,257,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The robots... are coming 31 Aug 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes albums are made with groundbreaking new twists and sounds. Sometimes they are made for financial gain, via radio hits and MTV coverage. And then there are some that are really just made for the love of it.

Cut Chemist's "The Audience's Listening" appears to be one of the third category, though the turntablist/DJ/Jurassic 5-er does give electronica and hip-hop some novel twists in his first fully original album. But at the heart of it, it sounds like Chemist is simply dabbling in whatever he enjoys most.

"Start remembering what you hear," says a cheerful interviewer, before a patchwork of samples inform us about the DJs of the future, about music, the first annual DJ convention, and a lot of dogs barking. By the time you're finished with the intro, your brain will be in the right state for what comes next. ("People get ready... the robots are coming!")

He retreads familiar ground in the energetic percussion-heavy "My 1st Big Break," before switching over to a new sound -- bossa nova. Gypsyish guitar playing an energetic live tune, with a sample of Astrud Gilberto playing softly halfway through. It's an exquisite, ethereal tune that shows that Cut Chemist can do all sorts of music.

Lest anyone think that Cut Chemist has lost his edge, he dabbles in some truly weird stuff (a phone conversation done entirely with samples and scratches), sharply surreal hip-hop, and shimmering electronic numbers that sound like an arty sci-fi film. Cut Chemist dips back into bossa nova once before, before finishing up with the dense, catchy hip-hop of "The Audience Is Listening Theme Song.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy! 2 April 2011
By danielj
Format:Audio CD
a fine cd with fresh and unique tunes on.
Every song is different and the sampling in the songs is so well done.
Definitely worth the price it sells for, you can't go wrong!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The robots... are coming... 28 Aug 2006
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes albums are made with groundbreaking new twists and sounds. Sometimes they are made for financial gain, via radio hits and MTV coverage. And then there are some that are really just made for the love of it.

Cut Chemist's "The Audience's Listening" appears to be one of the third category, though the turntablist/DJ/Jurassic 5-er does give electronica and hip-hop some novel twists in his first fully original album. But at the heart of it, it sounds like Chemist is simply dabbling in whatever he enjoys most.

"Start remembering what you hear," says a cheerful interviewer, before a patchwork of samples inform us about the DJs of the future, about music, the first annual DJ convention, and a lot of dogs barking. By the time you're finished with the intro, your brain will be in the right state for what comes next. ("People get ready... the robots are coming!")

He retreads familiar ground in the energetic percussion-heavy "My 1st Big Break," before switching over to a new sound -- bossa nova. Gypsyish guitar playing an energetic live tune, with a sample of Astrud Gilberto playing softly halfway through. It's an exquisite, ethereal tune that shows that Cut Chemist can do all sorts of music.

Lest anyone think that Cut Chemist has lost his edge, he dabbles in some truly weird stuff (a phone conversation done entirely with samples and scratches), sharply surreal hip-hop, and shimmering electronic numbers that sound like an arty sci-fi film. Cut Chemist dips back into bossa nova once before, before finishing up with the dense, catchy hip-hop of "The Audience Is Listening Theme Song."

Cut Chemist has done some pretty brilliant work with remixes and the "Brainfreeze" collaboration with DJ Shadow, so expectations were high for "The Audience's Listening." But the best way to listen is without expectations -- while it's neither groundbreaking nor brilliant, it is a beautiful, funky little album.

One thing it has from the beginning is a relaxed, laid-back feeling feeling. Cut Chemist shows that he can do everything from spare acoustics to dense, intense melodies, dabbling in a little of everything at least twice, and trying new sounds without trying anything too new.

It's not groundbreaking, but from the sound of it, Cut Chemist was just trying out whatever existing sounds he liked rather than striving for something new. The basic melodies are loaded with extra sound: lots of vinyl scratches, odd samples (glass breaking? dogs?), razor-sharp hip-hop beats, and everything from a cowbell to gypsyish guitar to waves of smooth synth.

Hymnal and Thes One make rather surreal cameos on a pair of songs, while Edan and Mr. Lif appear on the frenetic hip-hop "Storm," blurting out a breathless rap that gets stranger with every word.

Cut Chemist may not have broken new ground with "The Audience's Listening," but the result is still a fun, weird, and thoroughly likable album. Definitely worth a listen.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock, Surf, & Hip-Hop 21 July 2006
By Hip-Rock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cut Chemist's 'Motivational Speaker' wants to know who the audience is and what it wants. The second track begins with 'If I get killed '****' it! It's at this point that he proceeds to show the listener that he is not going to play by the rules of the standard DJ record. This is an experiment that analyzes the role of the audience and the DJ. Chemist's answer is to have fun without sacrificing integrity and invite the Audience in as close as possible. The backbone of this LP is most undeniably Hip-Hop. The results show a mature ease with incorporating elements of rock '(My 1st) Big Break', garage/surf 'What's the Altitude', electro 'Metrorail (thru space)' & 'Storm', world 'The Garden', and progressive funk 'Spoon', 'Peak in Time'. This record is not a loner DJ record or filled with guest MC's yet is fun and gives an experience that begs repeat listens.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut Chemist.. 28 July 2006
By R. P. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a turntable enthusiast, I can really respect what Cut Chemist does on this album. He really is just having fun with things, with a variety of beats and great samples. One track in particular he simulates a phone conversation with scratching, which blows my mind. Great album.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of what i expected, and then some 12 July 2006
By Chuck St. Clair - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Parts of the cd are full of the usual sample anticts from Cut Chemist that i expected. A The few songs that have mc's are solid lyricly, and the beats are more than that, they could be played as instrumentals and still be dope. The cd is a little short, but that doesnt make it anything less than great. The Garden is an epic song of strings and things with great production. A few of the songs are really catchy and will have you singing them all day (A peak in Time...He ho He ho, HEHO heho HEho, hehohehoheho. youl'l know if you lisen to it). All in all i'm very pleased with the album, and highly recomend it if you really enjoy underground hiphop, indie west coast production, soundscaping, turntablism, or pretty much anything. plain ol dope
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars four songs you'll love... 25 Aug 2006
By R. Escamilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
and the others are good, too. I'm particularly fond of "Spat", which rolls nicely into "What's the altitude". Spoon has a great groove, too. "The Garden" seems to be the song that gets radio air-time around here, so you'll recognize and dig the track.
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