Distortion

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Kicking off his solo career with a bang, Rev Run brings the vintage Run-D.M.C. attack-rhyming while unknown producer Whiteboy rocks the house mash-up style on the fantastic but frustratingly short Distortion. Calling Distortion an "album" -- which the Rev himself has in pre-release press -- is a stretch. The 26-minute run time feels like a cheat, but with most of the competition wearing out their welcome with overstuffed, hour-plus albums that beg to be edited with the remote, Distortion is a rare, tight listen that demands to be swallowed whole. Hearing Run brag it like before and lay down the snide putdowns is exciting, but most thrilling is hearing him in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Kicking off his solo career with a bang, Rev Run brings the vintage Run-D.M.C. attack-rhyming while unknown producer Whiteboy rocks the house mash-up style on the fantastic but frustratingly short Distortion. Calling Distortion an "album" -- which the Rev himself has in pre-release press -- is a stretch. The 26-minute run time feels like a cheat, but with most of the competition wearing out their welcome with overstuffed, hour-plus albums that beg to be edited with the remote, Distortion is a rare, tight listen that demands to be swallowed whole. Hearing Run brag it like before and lay down the snide putdowns is exciting, but most thrilling is hearing him in the challenging yet slick atmosphere Whiteboy creates. Sampling "Sweet Home Alabama" for "Home Sweet Home" is clever, but looping the stomp of Kiss' "God of Thunder," cutting Joan Jett's "I Love Rock N' Roll" into a razor-sharp loop, and lifting a part of Blondie's "Rapture" that you'd never thought would be lifted is how he goes from nobody to the next underground, mash-up idol à la Diplo. Half of the reason to love him is that despite his ability to create jaw-droppingly smart and fun loops, he's a very intuitive producer and knows when to unclutter everything and let the Rev through. "I Used to Think I Was Run" is the man's shining moment lyrically, with bittersweet quotes from the old days rubbing shoulders with totally aware and sharp lines that explore life as "your momma's favorite rapper." It's a young man's business, but few of the young bucks would try something as risky as the mocking and bouncy "High and Mighty Joe" or the crunching title track, which reminds everyone Body Count had the best blueprint for rap-metal. Being chaotic and hanging onto the edge with its fingernails is the thrill of Distortion, and while this wild ride could be exhausting if it ran on too much longer, the skimpy run time is noticeable and downright perplexing coming from an album that ambitiously delivers otherwise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602498833971
  • Catalog Number: 000511202
  • Sales rank: 350,297

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Used to Think I Was Run (3:07)
  2. 2 Home Sweet Home (2:15)
  3. 3 Boom Ditty (2:11)
  4. 4 Breaktime (1:42)
  5. 5 High and Mighty Joe (2:04)
  6. 6 The Way (2:19)
  7. 7 Don't Stop Y'all (2:36)
  8. 8 Mind on the Road (2:39)
  9. 9 Take a Tour (2:09)
  10. 10 Distortion (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rev Run Primary Artist, Rap
Biff Percussion
Timothy Lavigne Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Debbie Harry Composer
Michael Nesmith Composer
Paul Stanley Composer
Alan Merrill Composer
Sidney Barnes Composer
Tommy Boyce Composer
Bobby Hart Composer
Ed King Composer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels Composer
Gary Rossington Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Russell Simmons Composer, Executive Producer
Ronnie Van Zant Composer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Eddie Bocage Composer
Jake Hooker Composer
Ronnie Smith Composer
Louis Marino Art Direction
Doug Joswick Package Production
John Zachary Composer
Joseph "Run" Simmons Composer
Lawrence Smith Composer
Richard Wyatt Composer
Whiteboy Audio Production
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