In releasing Talkin' Honky Blues Buck 65 (aka Rich Terfry) has produced the best thing I have heard this year so far. As with all his releases the lyricism is what intrigues, leaving the listener daring to separate fact from fiction, observation and imagination. The guy plays with words, installing emotion, wit and awe, quite simply the writing is outstanding. On the flip side of this album is the music, which is out of this world, I won't even try to explain the assembly of styles here, each track mixes melody and beats an sounds in a way the is unique and complimentary. The 7 parts to Riverbed are deliciously nosy and observant, where as Protest, Exex, 463 and the first single Wicked and Weird and are animated, and bring even bring an always welcome smile to the face. Roses and Blue Jays and Tired Out are melancholic and gentle.
As an introduction to Buck 65 (and dare I say...it intelligent hip hop) this album will more than satisfy, but don't be afraid to go back and listen any of his previous releases: Synesthesia, Weirdo Magnet and Square, to name but a few, are wonderful, devious and quite possibly artful. If you like what you hear then it might be a wise decision to check out the talents of Sage Francis, Sole, Sixtoo and Boom Bip as well and the Sebutones, (Buck 65 and Sixtoo collaboration), all of which are well worth a listen.
There is room in your life for this tricky little hobo, so make the effort to listen to his music and see his live shows, consider it a challenge, because Buck 65, like this album, is full of surprises.