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Only marginally above average musical fodder,
This review is from: Speech Therapy (Digi Pack) (Audio CD)
What's this like? Read on.
Well, on the upside the lyrics touch on modern day life and issues, but sadly only on a surface level, while the instrumentation is quite organic sounding and differs enough from track to track.
However, this album didn't do it for me, for these reasons;
It's a bit too much like a woman talking for a hour (if that's your bag then be my guest). I prefer music above talking, but more conventional music fans might find this more pallatable than i did. I live in London and have my headphones on whilst on the bus, etc, to avoid having to listen to the urban lingo, which is strewn with awful grammer and prenounciation, so i'm left thinking 'why would i want to listen to it accompanied by very loosely arranged music?'
The tempo of this album is all very one-paced with nothing to get even remotely excited about - this album scores very low for variation & excitement.
You could say that this is the best of this musical genre, unfortuntely it's a musical genre that, based on this album, is very limited, one-dimensional and not to my taste.
The Mercury music prize has done this to us before, of course, with Roni Size in 1997, but at least with that equally limited genre - Drum & Bass, the best, i.e. his New Forms album, was interesting, very listenable, and inspirational in places. Sadly this is a dead duck, in the same way Ms Dynamite was (Mercury winner 2002). How The Horrors - Primary Colours didn't win is anyone's guess, because it's the best album from the last 12 months, by some distance. Esser and Gomez will also be a bit miffed that they didn't get nominated ahead of this and some other limp musical offerings served up.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2009 23:10:30 BDT
I'm wondering why you bother to review an album which is of a genre that you quite clearly have no truck with.
You mention that you wear headphones when you are out to avoid listening to urban lingo and start your review with the vaguely sexist remark about women talking to much and then go ahead and review a female London hiphop album of sorts which by definition is of spoken word.
I wonder why you bothered? It's a bit like going on a beach holiday to the Mediterranean and reviewing it saying it was a little one dimensional because you don't like the sun or sea.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2009 20:56:17 BDT
C. S. Lockley says:
I agree with this review, definitely a 2 star album. You don't have to 'have truck' with the genre to know this is pretty poor, lazy one dimensional stuff. Sorry!
Posted on 13 Sep 2009 14:38:43 BDT
Robert Hayward says:
"urban lingo, which is strewd with awful grammer and prenounciation", but I suspect Ms Debelle can at least spell.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2009 10:30:47 BDT
gem goof says:
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2009 12:29:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2009 11:51:12 BDT
Mr. S. Bennett says:
the best of a genre is supposed to be good enough for open minded people to appreciate it. This is actually more of a sub-genre, but i don't want to get bogged down in a genre debate. I said what i thought was good about it, then said what i thought wasn't good about it, i believe that's the whole point of reviewing.
The comment that it was like a woman talking was factual, NOT sexist. I do like some hip-hop and rap artists, so i don't believe i was critising types of music for the sake of it.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2009 12:31:17 BDT
Mr. S. Bennett says:
unlikely. I suspect she relies on spellcheck like most people do :) and I think i'm allowed typos as i do have other things to do.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 23:28:05 BDT
We all know what reading your comment is like
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