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Oh where has Zev Love X gone?,
This review is from: THE MOUSE AND THE MASK (Audio CD)
I was a bit disappointed at this release from MF Doom, who is my favorite emcee still as he is able to rhyme like no-one else can. It seems like as his fame is exploding along with his friends at the label Stones Throw his and their releases are getting too watered down.
The album has more of a commercial feel to it which isn't the problem really, as Dangermouse has produced some great beats on here, but the album just feels too gimmicky. Instead of the hard hip-hop beats, great guest emcess and 80s cartoon skits on Operation Doomsday, you get Gorillaz type beats and gimmicky skits from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Space Ghost. I just can't brush off the feeling that it seems like one big advertisement for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim with lyrics such as: 'I'm trying to watch Adult Swim...'.
From the first listen you can tell Dangermouse was influenced by Damon Albarn's Gorillaz album, as the many of the tracks such as Benzie Box have Brit-pop influences. The standout tracks include: Sofa King, The mask which which features a short appearance by Ghostface Killah, Vats of Urine, and Space Hos.
If this is your first taste of underground hip-hop, or you liked the Gorillaz album you'll love this. The album also has appeal to cartoon nerds who will love the appearances by Space Ghost, Brak and Zorak and the constant Jetsons references.
If you're an MF Doom fan who has loved him since Operation Doomsday and the Monster Island Czars you might be a bit disappointed. Underground fans may be quick to say he's fell off after this, but i'd wait until his highly anticipated album with Ghostface Killah b4 that is said.