Beaus$Eros

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Even after nine albums that were each consecutively stranger than the last, Busdriver's tenth outing is a jarring departure. Released in 2012, Beaus$Eros pronounced "Bows and Arrows" finds the speed rapper changing gears and singing lazily over electro-pop beats. He incorporates three-part harmonies, complex melodies, and a washed-out production style courtesy of Loden that shares a lot in common with pre-So Peter Gabriel. This drastic stylistic switch marks a much-needed turning point of his career, but the concept is also so deliberately scattered that it's hard to tell if he has tapped into something far-out and brilliant or just gone crazy. As usual, he imitates a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
Even after nine albums that were each consecutively stranger than the last, Busdriver's tenth outing is a jarring departure. Released in 2012, Beaus$Eros pronounced "Bows and Arrows" finds the speed rapper changing gears and singing lazily over electro-pop beats. He incorporates three-part harmonies, complex melodies, and a washed-out production style courtesy of Loden that shares a lot in common with pre-So Peter Gabriel. This drastic stylistic switch marks a much-needed turning point of his career, but the concept is also so deliberately scattered that it's hard to tell if he has tapped into something far-out and brilliant or just gone crazy. As usual, he imitates a variety of characters even contorting his voice to sound like a little girl in "Feelings" and tackles whatever idea happens to be floating around his brain in an abstract free-form style. One subject involves a musician trying to think of a band name, "Ass to Mouth" is gross satire of club music, and "NoBlacksNoJewsNoAsians" is a thought-provoking commentary on racism. Of the 54 minutes, the latter sounds closest to Busdriver's early hip-hop outings, although it is strung together without a rhyme scheme or hook. While many of the songs sidestep rap conventions completely and fit the 808s & Heartbreak rapper-goes-electro format, the best songs incorporate tuneful melodies and still manage enough room for Busdriver to show off his hyper-adventurous style of rhyming. These moments are few, but "Here's to Us" and the pleasingly glitched "Beaus$Eros" are neon jams. Beaus$Eros is fringe listening, but it could be the answer for those wondering what would happen if Spank Rock remixed TV on the Radio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • Label: Fake Four Inc
  • UPC: 616892012443
  • Catalog Number: 34
  • Sales rank: 266,730

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Utilitarian Uses of Love (4:09)
  2. 2 Bon Bon Fire (4:08)
  3. 3 Kiss Me Back To Life (3:19)
  4. 4 You Ain't OG (4:25)
  5. 5 Noblacksnojewsnoasians (1:59)
  6. 6 Picking Band Names (4:06)
  7. 7 Beaus $ Eros (3:44)
  8. 8 Feelings (3:49)
  9. 9 Ass To Mouth (3:27)
  10. 10 Electric Blue - Joëlle Lê (4:31)
  11. 11 Here's To Us (4:56)
  12. 12 Colour Wheel (3:45)
  13. 13 Swandive Into a Drinking Glass (5:06)
  14. 14 Scattered Ashes (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Busdriver Primary Artist
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Strings
Annabel Feeney Vocals
Sierra Cassidy Vocals
Joëlle Lê Vocals
François Legrain Trumpet
Technical Credits
Mike Ladd Poetry
Busdriver Arranger, Composer, Producer, Additional Production
Loden Producer, beats, Additional Production
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