A Healthy Distrust

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Independent rap phenom Sage Francis could have spent his entire career in the underground, winning dozens of poetry slams and collecting battle MC awards at least once per year. But his voice needs to be heard by more hip-hop fans, not simply because he's a gifted rapper but also because he's provocative and intelligent. It's no surprise that the increasingly diversified Epitaph label signed him, but it's also no surprise that Francis hasn't mellowed with his new contract. In fact, since his first solo record for Anticon, he's grown fiercer and gained more ammo courtesy of the political situation circa 2004-2005. The beats never a highlight previously are not only cleaner ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Independent rap phenom Sage Francis could have spent his entire career in the underground, winning dozens of poetry slams and collecting battle MC awards at least once per year. But his voice needs to be heard by more hip-hop fans, not simply because he's a gifted rapper but also because he's provocative and intelligent. It's no surprise that the increasingly diversified Epitaph label signed him, but it's also no surprise that Francis hasn't mellowed with his new contract. In fact, since his first solo record for Anticon, he's grown fiercer and gained more ammo courtesy of the political situation circa 2004-2005. The beats never a highlight previously are not only cleaner than his eight-track days, but also bigger and better, contributed by some of the best producers in the sub-underground: Sixtoo, Danger Mouse, Alias, and Reanimator among others. Overall, the Sage may be polemical on a level like few other than Dead Prez, but he also has a metaphysical side matched by few other than Jeru tha Damaja. Has any other rapper ever imagined a battle DJ match between the Sun and the Moon? The combination is effective, since commentary often ages better when it's delivered on multiple levels. Unlike political firebrands KRS-One and Rage Against the Machine, Francis speaks in metaphor so much, and indulges in abstract disassociation so frequently, that although listeners won't learn any lessons immediately, they also won't be bludgeoned over the head with his ideas. On "Gunz Yo" he doesn't simply decry gun violence, he investigates the symbolism of weapons, from the gun to the phallus to the tongue. He also finds much compelling material from his social life; "Agony in Her Body" nakedly explores the dichotomy of sex and violence, then the next track, "Crumble," reaches a higher point of romantic catharsis with a bone-rattling breakdown at the end contributed by Sixtoo. Only one thing about A Healthy Distrust is frustrating: Francis is an artist who places every concern under a microscope, and although his perspective is interesting, its power would benefit immensely from a larger frame of reference.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778670925
  • Catalog Number: 86709
  • Sales rank: 67,098

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Buzz Kill (4:05)
  2. 2 Sea Lion (3:01)
  3. 3 Gunz Yo (3:03)
  4. 4 Escape Artist (4:15)
  5. 5 Product Placement (2:15)
  6. 6 Voice Mail Bomb Threat (1:39)
  7. 7 Dance Monkey (2:53)
  8. 8 Sun vs Moon (3:28)
  9. 9 Agony in Her Body (4:17)
  10. 10 Crumble (2:00)
  11. 11 Ground Control (3:52)
  12. 12 Lie Detector Test (2:47)
  13. 13 Bridle (2:11)
  14. 14 Slow Down Gandhi (4:52)
  15. 15 Jah Didn't Kill Johnny (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sage Francis Primary Artist
Will Oldham Guitar, Vocals
Tom Inhaler Guitar
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Author
Neil Young Author
Charlie Parker Author
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Will Oldham Composer, Engineer
Robert Zimmerman Author
Albert Einstein Author
Vincent Gallo Author
Daddy Kev beats
Sixtoo beats
Sage Francis Engineer, Executive Producer
Controller 7 beats
Danger Mouse beats
Chris Warren Band Engineer
Vinyl Reanimators beats
Joe Beats beats
Varick Pyr beats
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