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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Sage Francis is something of an enigma wrapped inside a mystery wrapped inside a slam poet wrapped inside a rap MC. In other words, it's difficult to say in which way, exactly, Personal Journals should be classified, but considering how qualitative are its returns, it hardly matters. Already a battle champion he won both the 1999 Superbowl Battle and 2000 Scribble Jam competitions and a nationally ranked slam-poetry contestant, the self-defined "self-referentialist" Francis finally dropped this debut full-length with the support of his spiritual compadres and fellow rap revolutionaries in Anticon, and like the music from that collective, Personal Journals vigorously ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Sage Francis is something of an enigma wrapped inside a mystery wrapped inside a slam poet wrapped inside a rap MC. In other words, it's difficult to say in which way, exactly, Personal Journals should be classified, but considering how qualitative are its returns, it hardly matters. Already a battle champion he won both the 1999 Superbowl Battle and 2000 Scribble Jam competitions and a nationally ranked slam-poetry contestant, the self-defined "self-referentialist" Francis finally dropped this debut full-length with the support of his spiritual compadres and fellow rap revolutionaries in Anticon, and like the music from that collective, Personal Journals vigorously pushes back battlements and erases musical dividing lines. At any moment, you may find yourself unexpectedly confronted by gritty street hip-hop "Climb Trees," "Pitchers of Silence", gonzo reportage "Personal Journalist", what probably comes closest to spoken-word "Inherited Scars," the live reading "Hopeless," "Runaways", emotionally intense autobiography "Different", even cockeyed rock music "My Name Is Strange," with six-piece backing band AOI, and then a more free-form and indefinable performance art the superb "Broken Wings," halfway between rap and a touching sort of metaphysics, or the gothic, multiple-personality "Eviction Notice", for lack of a better term. The soundscapes that his team of producers came up with are every bit as unorthodox and superlative. That the album could appeal to rap heads and arty, alternative types alike is a testament to the high caliber of Francis' personal journalism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Strange Famous Rec
  • UPC: 094922721181
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 70,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crack Pipes (2:21)
  2. 2 Different (3:16)
  3. 3 Personal Journalist (2:49)
  4. 4 Inherited Scars (4:31)
  5. 5 Climb Trees (3:52)
  6. 6 Broken Wings (3:55)
  7. 7 The Strange Famous Mullet Remover (2:34)
  8. 8 Smoke and Mirrors (3:09)
  9. 9 Message Sent (4:20)
  10. 10 Eviction Notice (3:27)
  11. 11 Pitchers of Silence (2:41)
  12. 12 Specialist (4:09)
  13. 13 Hopeless (1:08)
  14. 14 Kill Ya' Momz (1:54)
  15. 15 Black Sweatshirt (2:04)
  16. 16 Cup of Tea (2:10)
  17. 17 My Name Is Strange (3:17)
  18. 18 Runaways (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sage Francis Primary Artist, Vocals
Jay Peters Guitar
Matthew Zimmerman Upright Bass
Grey Matter scratching
Matt Zimmerman Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
DJ Signify scratching
DJ Mek scratching
Scott Begin Drums
Technical Credits
Re-Animator Producer
Christian Warren Engineer
Mr. Dibbs Producer, Engineer
Jel Producer
Sixtoo Producer, Engineer
Aoife Composer
Sage Francis Arranger, Engineer, Cover Design, Cover Art
Controller 7 Producer
Odd Nosdam Producer
Chris Warren Band Engineer
Jonathan Wyman Mastering
Joe Beats Producer
Chris Warren Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lesson in rhyme

    This is the best CD I own and very well maybe the best I've ever heard. Sage Francis is a genuine MC who brings intellegence and emotion back into hip-hop. If only the rest of the industry would take a lesson from Mr. Francis and actually find something to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ultimate mc

    Sage Francis is one of the best wordsmiths out there. From beginning to end insightfull and rewarding. Buy this albumn if you are into mc's who verge on the poetic or are just plain crazy. Intelligent music along the lines of aesop rock or anything dan the automator has to do with.

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