When Micachu & The Shapes expressed that they wanted to be "more hardcore," I don't think this is what anyone imagined they meant. But I think it's what many fans really hoped for--a more honest and un-doctored interpretation of Micachu's concept. Anyone who appreciates their acoustic performances shouldn't have trouble digesting this album at all; anyone who believed them when they said they make "pop" music will be understandably baffled.
Chopped and Screwed, like Micachu's mixed tapes, seamlessly joins songs of varying styles and levels of abstraction. The two stand-out pieces with the most accessible appeal are "Everything" and "Low Dogg," but that's not to say that the other twenty-six minutes are mere connective tissue.
For all of its experimental coarseness and classical instrumentation, this is a conceptually and technically beautiful album, full of timeless pathos and suspense, but every bit here and now.