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The Cold Vein [VINYL]

Cannibal Ox Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (11 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B00005BIVX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-altering 7 Jun 2002
It's very difficult to find words to describe this album. It's an epic science fiction space opera, a unique, unearthly soundscape that makes me ache with pleasure to hear it. If the Gods listened to hip hop in Valhalla or on Mount Olympus, they would be listening to this. It sounds futuristic, yet old as the dawn of the Universe. It is the sound of science. It is the sound of quarks colliding. It sounds disjointed, distorted, warped, but seems simultaneously to fit together perfectly, elements of beats and rhymes meshing together to create unimaginable new musical compounds. It is dirty yet pure. It is beautiful yet ugly. It must be heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot like me nans water water in the pot 25 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, tight. As the other reviewer says takes it from where co-flow left off. Superb mystical electronic El-p production, typical of the man, make this LP what it is. The MCing is hot though but it is the beats which give the piece it's character, and what a character! If you enjoyed funcrusherplus this is for you, I was disputing whether to buy this for some time as the group cannibal ox to me was something totally new, but my faith in the el producto paid off. Superlative tracks include 'Iron Galaxy' 'Straight of the D.I.C.' 'The F word'and 'Stress raps' although the whole album is so good this is very subjective. This is the sort of record which takes you away from the world, with it's other worldly sounds and qualities, almost a-kin to the blade runner soundtrack. Buy this, it's some of the most mature yet innovative and cutting edge hip hop you'll hear this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trust the reviews people 10 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Too often I've read over-zealous reviews on here and have been disappointed after buying and playing the cd a few times. I agree with the person above: the same thing happened to me a couple of years ago when I originally picked up 'The Cold Vein' - I foolishly left the cd languishing at the bottom of my pile after first listening 'cos I couldn't get my head around the production/beats or even the rhymes. It pains me now to think how long it took me to give Can Ox another spin.

Put simply, this is without a doubt one of the best albums I own, certainly the best hip-hop album. It's worth buying for 'Iron Galaxy' alone - surely the best intro to any hip-hop album ever?

Calling it a genius, monumental, genre-redefining piece of art is no exaggeration; the drony, inspired production by El-P is futuristic and yet, sounds so deep and earth-shattering as if it's been around forever, waiting for you to catch on; the beats are really tastefully chopped up and rearranged; Vaudel and Vast's rhymes and subject matter are based on their real experiences of living in NYC, but are expansive and intelligent and thought-provoking enough for anyone to get into..and their different styles do indeed perfectly compliment each other.

"Put a mic in front of me, and I'm gonna bless it,

hummingbird style, seventy times in one second."

All great art is hard to put into words so I'll shut up now and just say: "BUY THIS NOW!".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 28 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Initially I found the unorthodox layered beats on The Cold Vein too much to take in. However, when I sat down one afternoon and listened to the whole album properly I realised that I had never heard a work of such uncompromising brilliance, it struck me like a blow to the face.

Vastaire and Vordul demonstrate what a great duet are able to achieve over a set of beats which are in my opinion completely unmatched in 21st century hip-hop. This is the evolution of a genre from materialistic showmanship to hard-edged metaphorically-expressed reality. Vastaire spits insightful and creative lines in his own unique and impetuous style e.g. "The samples the flesh and the beat's the skeleton/ you got beef but there's worms in your Wellington/ I'll put a hole in your skull and extract the gelatine." Vordul spit's a semi-metaphorical dose of street talk with less hard hitting lines but a nicer flow which fits with Vast perfectly.

Such is the strength of tracks that my favourite tends to be whichever is currently playing, there are no weak ones and that surely is the definition of a classic. Produced by the standout (I should say genius) producer El-P (of Company Flow fame), Cold Vein takes the listener on a relentless journey through a reality expressed in other-worldly fashion. The range of samples used is another outstanding feature of this album.

To say it's my favourite album of all time is an understatement, it's a total no-brainer. No hip-hop album I have ever heard comes anywhere near to being as good as this one. When I listen to this album I imagine myself floating through space. It is from another world, another time and another place. It is also a work of contemporary genius. How this is possible I don't know but it's the truth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the best compliment 25 Jun 2004
By Russ
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album alongside MF Doom's operation doomsday, and i listened to them both quicky through and at first i liked them both, on a par, maybe i liked doom a bit better. Then i listened to this properly, thought; hmm this is pretty damn good. Then again, thought; hey this album is wicked! Then again, said out loud; I LOVE THIS F*%$IN' ALBUM!!!! Now i can't stop listening! It is an inspiration, each track really does take you on a journey not on this plane of reality.
Buy this album, then really LISTEN, its the best advice i can give.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aesome & perfectly original
If you like hip hop you need to buy this. It may take a while to warm on you if you're used to smooth rap and traditional beats, but it'll be worth it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. J. O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars There really IS no going back after this
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Published on 28 Dec 2009 by richie k
5.0 out of 5 stars A true hip-hop milestone.
From the outset this album is jammed full of witty and sharp rhymes that never descend into the expected contrived cliches territory that unhappily dominates a wide area of hip... Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by Phurious
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cold Vein-Intangible Dopeness
I would describe this album as first of all a classic,second of all as dope.When I say it has intangible dopeness i mean that it is a dopeness that you cannot explain. Read more
Published on 14 July 2006 by Brucepapoose
5.0 out of 5 stars you need this album
this is one of the best albums ,it has ill rhyme flavors and heavy orginal production by in my opinion the best producer in the game [el-p]it is so amazing that my vocabulary aint... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2005 by "lyricalrealmmaster"
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold veins, but heart warming.
I don't even know where to begin reviewing this album because words are not enough. Suffice to say that if you want proof that not all rap artists are gun obsessed misogynists... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2004 by N. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I bought this album only because i wanted something new to listen to, with this album getting five star reviews on here and it being on everybodys best of hip hop lists, i decided... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2004 by F. Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Anything I say about this album would already have been said by the other reviewers, so I will keep it brief. Read more
Published on 25 May 2004 by T.Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply breathtaking
I could talk for a very long time about this album, but a bit lazy so I'll keep it brief. This is the most intelligent, challenging and uncompromising hip hop record released since... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A tour de force, an instant classic. How would I describe it?
Menacing, urban almost industrial, lyrically intelligent, musically diverse, innovative and breath-taking.
Published on 18 Aug 2003 by TechieNut
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