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Beardyman is also a young gentleman called Darren Foreman.
He comes from London and his debut album, 'I Done A Album',
proves beyond doubt that he has a very busy mind indeed.
Coming in at twenty tracks it's a big listen but Mr Foreman's
powers of thematic and rhythmic invention do not leave room
for our minds to wander for nary a moment. It is a deeply
engaging, complex and frequently very funny listening experience.

Jump straight to 'Game Over (Latex Quim)' for an immediate fix
of what makes this performer special. His consummate beatboxing
skills are craftily deconstructed and scattered and splattered
through a raucous percussive arrangement which is not unlike
being on-board the best roller-coaster ride you ever scored!

'Vampire Strike' is a deliciously barmy slice of Mittel-European
madness stitched up with another bunch of big, bad, booming beats.
The nasty night creatures are clearly having one hell of a party!

Mr Foreman's musical imagination has few boundaries. Anything
and everything's up for grabs in this rich sonic stew. The Arabic
flavoured Foreign Beggars/Beardyman collaboration had Mrs Wolf
dancing round the cave in an uncharacteristically seductive way (!)
but however clever things get he never loses sight of a good tune.

Incidental pieces like the madvert-from-hell 'Blind Rabbits' are
laugh-out-loud hillarious and provide additional entertainment.

'Sativa Steps' is a particularly lovely composition. To some degree it
shares kinship with San Francisco based musician/producer Eskmo's recent
work. With its balance between luminous washes of sparkling synth and
grinding mechanical rhythmic mayhem it's a lumbering monster of a track.

The cut and paste drum and bass anarchy of 'U R Mine', however, delivers
some of the album's most intelligently thrilling moments. It's a riot!

By the end of my first encounter with 'I Done A Album' my head
was spinning (in a good way!) and my heart was beating faster!

Mr Foreman did indeed do a album and behold the album was good.

Very Highly Recommended.
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on 7 August 2013
Got to be honest I love beardyman watched all he's videos on you tube & seen him live twice! I brought this thinking it would be the same but was very disappointed the music wasn't the same quality of fun or taste & the so called joke tracks weren't funny at all so very disappointed :(
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on 7 April 2011
I've been a big fan of Beardyman since seeing his youtube links and finally getting to see him live a couple of years ago.

His main brilliance is being able to start a night without a plan and basically wing it and create an hour and a half of comedy / music genius using just his mouth and a few electronic gadgets.

The move into the CD market surprised me to be honest, but realistically it was always destined to happen.

So does this album take his live comedy and music brilliance and place it onto CD for all to hear?

Well almost.... The album is big, 20 tracks ( a couple of these are 30 seconds of humour ( see "if only" ) some of the tracks are fully 6 minutes of drum and bass.

The humour is there and great, but after a few listens you start skipping through the specific humour tracks. I mean thats the nature of it.

Some of the tracks are sheer genius "Vampire Skank" my favorite I think by far. Some are show-cases of his versatility and some are straight forward tracks to release.

All in all pretty good. But not quite perfect yet.

Will I buy the next one if its released, the answer is yes.
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on 31 March 2011
If you have never listened to anything by Beardyman before, I would highly suggest that you try his Youtube channel first. His musical talent is undeniably incredible, but it may not appeal to everyone. Eclectic does not even begin to describe the wide variety ability that Beardyman demonstrates in this album. He covers multiple comedic styles as well as a plethora of music genres.

As a long-time listener to Beardyman's work, my expectations for this album were incredibly high. I find myself pleasantly content with the quality, quantity and content of this entire record.
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on 19 January 2013
I have enjoyed it, but it really isn't all THAT great. I can't tell what sounds he's making with his mouth and what sounds are actually real instruments. Watching him do his thing in videos (like the cookery one) is far better than listening to it on CD.
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on 30 March 2011
Beardyman gives the perfect mix of humor and banging tunes. Way worth the price it is being sold for and I recommend it for anyone who Youtubes Beardyman and likes his style!

I hope in the future he brings out another album with some guest artists like Nathan "Flutebox" Lee.
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on 6 January 2014
I've always liked Beardyman, and this is an interesting departure for him. After listening to this, everything else just seems to take itself too seriously. If you like electronic beats with a big splash of humour thrown in then this is for you!
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on 23 April 2013
The cd overall is good to listen to however not what i was expecting from Beardyman. There is beatboxing but not as much as i expected alot of synthesized material. Also the graphics chosin for the cd artwork were well nasty, i get the humor but it was literally turds. Not sure if he was saying its all s*** or if this is the style of humor he was going for. In any case good cd hope more are produced but with more raw un synthesized sounds
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on 21 December 2011
I have watched this guy many times on you tube (copies of his live shows) and he is a musical genius. Not only does he beat box but he is a very creative musician and dj style mixer, sampling his own sounds and it is all geniune stuff. His album is a bit like that but you can sense the "spur of the moment" is not there as it is an album. Still, he pulls out many funny moments and each track is very different to the next. If you love Beardyman you will love this.

King of sounds, Ruler of beats say the BBC, I dont disagree.
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on 25 March 2011
This album is better than sliced bread and will be enjoyed by anyone with ears, an ear or probably even no ears at all!

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