- Vinyl (1 Jan. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: Ninja Tune
- ASIN: B00005B4F0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Clouddead's self-titled debut is hard-to-classify stuff; if you described it as lo-fi ambient spoken word meets surreal hip-hop with an indie rock bent, you'd be leaving a lot out. The CD compiles previously released 10"s created by MCs Dose One and Why? and producer Odd Nosdam--all members of Anticon, the West Coast hip-hop collective. The MCs rap, recite and sing words that make Beck's lyrics sound tame and fussy by comparison. Their declamation can be goofy, swaggering, funny, swinging, nasal; you name it. This extremely open-ended and varied use of language recalls the work of the sonically inclined poet Edwin Torres. Sometimes the language on this disc can be almost inaudible; then it's just another element in Nosdam's lovely and murky music. Albums this odd often confuse people. They also can be, and Clouddead is, extremely compelling. --Fred Cisterna
Top Customer Reviews
Obviously they had their head stuck up a dark musty place when coming up with that opinion because it sounds nothing like that at all! I first heard Apt A Part 2 on a Big Dada compilation and knew I had to get it immediately. Almost the sound of Boards Of Canada's Music Has The Right To Children set to surrealist rapping.
The album is pretty similar in mood, the dark grainy samples, eerie synths and the most bizarre occurances you'll ever hear in rap music. Each track can flit between several moods, breaking down into bizarre samples of old 8 bit computer games, crazy percussion, backwards rapping and all sorts! Its a collection of cLOUDDEAD 10" single releases and sometimes I find it a bit hard to digest in one sitting, but plucking out the Apt 2A, Bike and Jimmy Breeze pt 2 tracks always raises a few hairs. cLOUDDEAD No 5 also stands out with its droning ambience, not quite electronic , something more organic.
As a first step into cLOUDDEAD I'd recommend you head to the more coherant Ten, but this should quickly follow as a second purchase ... you'll never hear rap like this ever.
Then cLOUDDEAD come along and destroyed all my unjustified stereotypes about the Hip-Hop. To combine high quality Lo-Fi, industrial rythmes, with intelligent(mainly ironic) rap lyrics is excecuted originally and with crystal clear genius.
If you like Hip-Hop: buy this. If you like Lo-Fi: buy this. If you like the middle section of David Bowie's 'Heroes': buy this.
it's whimsical and ingenious. it has elements of a lot of other artists, but it's ALL it's own. you can hear boards of canada and dj shadow in the music. maybe a bit of the beta band here and there too. the rap style is totally unique. it's playful and odd like outkast, but in parts it resembles a nasily, whiteboyskaterkid version of bone thugs.
this album is not lazy. it wants to trick you into thinking it is. it's really very precise. but, yes, in a lo-fi, laid back kinda way. you go back and forth thinking how calculated it is, and then thinking that these three fools were up into the wee hours of the morning, drinking beer, hitting the bong and jumping up and down on the couch while coming up with their rhymes and beats.
if nothing else, buy this album because these kids have style and they deserve your money. or buy it 'cause it's SO good (!) and everyone you know will be surprised you discovered such a wise little gem.
However, something about the whole album made me feel quite unnerved which made me perservere, and thank god I did. Peel back the bizarre malais of blender samples, broken beats and minimal sounscape interludes and you will find a thing of beauty. Half the time I still can't understand what the hell Nosdam et al are rambling about, but the general feel suggests their very lives and sanity depend on it.
Given time with this album you will grow to love, nuture and cherish it as if it were your own. It has become a part of my being and for that I can only thank them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Imagine my surprise when I found this relatively obscure rap album by a group with a silly name, torchbearers of an even sillier genre: ambient hip-hop. Read morePublished on 29 Feb. 2012 by reviewsahoy
This is hip-hop.no doubt about it. From twisted ryhmes, unique wordplay and sublime beats this album defines a new era for a genre.
I had been a fan of Odd Nosdam and Why? Read more
"Bizarre but essential... gloriously uncategorisable. A difficult record, but one whose astonishing inventiveness more than repays the work you will need to put in" - THE SUNDAY... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2003 by etienne
The more I listen to this album the more I think its a great one, truly an original blend of hiphop and a more loving boards of canada with a little of Djshadows tingly magic. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2002 by Rob Gordon
yeah this is some truely inventive stuff. i can guarentee you will no thave heard anything like this ever before. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2002 by Paul Rudeforth
Below someone titled the album nonsense. I can't believe that any of it is nonsense, it's just too personal to derive the literal meaning from much of the lyrics. Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2002
This is perhaps the most unique hip-hop album i've ever heard apart from perhaps some of the other work by the artists on the album. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2002