**NOTE** YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS ENTIRE ALBUM ON EMUSIC.COM LEGALLY. They are a subscriber site but right now (August 2004) they are running a promotion of 50 free song downloads upfront but you still need a credit card.
Okay now about the album. I heard DOOM first on the Madvillain album he did with Madlib. I have been a Madlib fan for a while now because of the authentic jazz flavor and unpolished genius of his production, and I heard some of those same qualities in DOOM's rapping. His style is strikingly unique; it is sprinkled with trite cliches and irrelevant combinations of words that seem to be included merely for the way they sound (in a way kind of like Radiohead lyrics). His verses run on with a refreshing lack of hooks and an improvisational flowing quality that mesh perfectly with his ambitious soul chillout-style beats.
Operation Doomsday, as an album, disregarding its style, might be considered a less than stellar fair. The sound is kind of uneven and some of the cuts are pretty rough, but everything it lacks gives it more appeal. It sounds like something straight out of the basement of some MCs from the early 90s. It's pretty lo fi and all the rappers, DOOM especially, sound so hungry. For those that discovered Madvillain first, it will be noticed that he sounds a lot less calm here.
Some tracks really stand out...Rhymes Like Dimes, Doomsday, Go With the Flow, Gas Drawls...but most of them are great. Tick Tick is really interesting because it keeps slowing down and speeding up. And none of the guests artists are wack. The cartoony interludes are kind of clever and funny, but I've never been a big fan of interludes. But all in all, it's very refreshing to hear this new take on rap music from the enigmatic supervillain; the raw and retro feeling of this ablum is an excellent break from the norm.
If you like DOOM, check out his aliases King Geedorah, Viktor Vaughn, and Madvillain.