It seems most rappers today have forgotten what 'rap' really means; Sage isn't one of them - he rhymes and flows like the best of them, but his words are amazingly poetic without being difficult to understand or weird for the sake of wird. And there's unparalellled conviction in Sage's voice - it's clear this man really FEELS every word he says... Personal Journals is Sage, to quote the man himself, 'naked walking tight ropes without big toes' - at his most vulnerable. But it doesn't get pretentious, it doesn't for one second feel like he's doing it for his own sake or that he's being narcissistic. He has something important to say, and this album is full of those moments where a few sentences suddenly seem to sum up the way the I, the listener, feel - which is a rare thing indeed.
The music is hiphop. I really don't find it that weird, but if you think P. Diddy is maybe getting a little too adventureous, well, this isn't for you. But Sage's worked with some of the most talented producers in American Hiphop today people like Sixtoo and Jel, and the arrangements are all great. This album really feels as special musically as it does lyrically. A solid 5 out of 5!