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VINE VOICEon 14 March 2004
I had never expected Clouddead to make another album. All signs (to me) pointed that their singles collection seemed to be a one-off.
I'm glad I was proved wrong, as Ten is an even better album than the last, and is probably one of the most uniquely great albums of the year so far in general.
The surreal rhymes, the near-random sample collages, and laid back rhythms, re-emphasise the Clouddead trademark, with the new addition of short near-song like structures. This album can be listened to easily in one sitting, and then put on repeat, unlike the last.
Existing fans will spot some novel recycled excerpts from the first album, and new fans will want to check out the first album.
Call it hop hop, call it avant garde, you'll call it good. Fans of texture orientated bands like Mogwai (who seem to have been sampled) will love this. Genius and accessible!
Limited edition copies contain a CD version of the Dead Dogs Two vinyl single, featuring an honourable near-orchestralised Boards Of Canada remix.
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on 3 August 2005
This is not merely a hip-hop CD, but one of the most powerful poetic and musical experiences to come out of the United States in years. Truly progressive, each track typically begins rather composed with a small sample or delicately repeated note but they always pay off as they peak into a massive sound of looming bass, church organs, white noise, and Doseone's ever flowing imagist poetry. Why? seems to help him focus a bit more on choruses and traditional rhyming structure compared to his freewheeling work with Boom Bip and, since odd nosdam's beats are more structured as well, it is to good effect.
The sound, though, is the most amazing thing about this album. It's often cheap and distorted with occasional lowered sample rates but there are a lot of elevated mid range growls and keyboards while the beats are finely constructed and catastrophically overwhelming. So it's quite busy, interesting, and stimulating as well as easily danceable making it a useful album to have. This is no half-assed, thrown together at the last minute, money driven, mainstream product nor a sit back, moralist indie effort. This is all things to all types of music consumer, low and high brow, and one day it will receive its due recognition.
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on 19 February 2009
The first one was a master piece, however this is more rushed nothing like the first one i think they are trying to change there sound to make it more catagorised but they should stick to the first style big letdown ended up throwing away but still have the first CD
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on 12 March 2004
Its difficult to know where to start with a band like this; the tired debate of is it/isn't it actually hip-hop misses the point and probably puts a lot of people off. What does need to be said is that cLOUDDEAD are very, very different, and very, very good. 2001 eponymous debut raised eyebrows to unhealthy heights because it was just so odd, blending ambient synthesised beats with 50s b-movie samples, a surprising amount of vocal harmonies, and sometimes fast, sometimes laid-back rapping.
This eagerly anticipated follow-up is more condensed, and slightly more accessible than its predecessor, but it still doesn't skimp on the weird. Lead single Dead Dogs Two has the same infectious drum programming and esoteric, nasal rhymes we've come to expect from the band, and even seems to have a non-abstract subject - a dead dog lying on a highway near one of the band member's houses. In other moments of brilliance like Rifle Eyes cLOUDDEAD demonstrate that the widespread critical acclaim that greeted their debut has done nothing to undermine their happiness at being utterly, pig-headedly detached from the musical norm. You HAVE to hear this.
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on 14 March 2004
I have only recently come across this band, and as of yet haven’t been subject to much of the approbation and acclaim that I am sure is going on. What I have heard about them has been misinformed categorizing and nonsense childish explanations of there music. First of all, to call this album hip hop, which so many are adhereing to, is puzzling. Clouddead encompass a vast array of musical styles, and subvert there conventional forms into something that sounds quite unique and at times sheer genius. Do not expect this in any way to follow on from Dose one- it is completely different.
Most people will have never heard anything quite like Clouddead and probably wont get the chance, they don’t seem to care how cringing, cheesy and embarrassing there songs come across – and this is one the reasons this album works so well. Think of the worst but most catchy vocals from the Velvet Underground and then mix it with a feast of beats and synthesizers that could be found anywhere from land of nod to stereolab. This album is a great achievement and a breath of fresh air in the current musical climate. One bit of advice, the first time you listen to this album, ie before you fall in love with it, make sure your on your own.... your wearing headphones.... and its turned right down.
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