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All Music Guide - John Bush
Scott Herren's first two full-lengths as Prefuse 73 were masterly collisions of wave-your-hand party breaks and stop-time glitch techno. Everything held sacred in the hip-hop playbook -- including the rapper -- was merely fodder for Herren's processor, and given enough time, he could rearrange an earthy old-school track into a computer-bred monster that would make a master of the jutting sample like Marley Marl sound close to a syrupy G-funk producer in comparison. While Herren's third album down the line could never be the same revolution in sound as his first two, it's a surprise nevertheless to find it downright desultory. With a series of all-star rap features -- ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Scott Herren's first two full-lengths as Prefuse 73 were masterly collisions of wave-your-hand party breaks and stop-time glitch techno. Everything held sacred in the hip-hop playbook -- including the rapper -- was merely fodder for Herren's processor, and given enough time, he could rearrange an earthy old-school track into a computer-bred monster that would make a master of the jutting sample like Marley Marl sound close to a syrupy G-funk producer in comparison. While Herren's third album down the line could never be the same revolution in sound as his first two, it's a surprise nevertheless to find it downright desultory. With a series of all-star rap features -- including three underperforming members from Wu-Tang Clan and three OK contractors from Definitive Jux -- Herren's productions serve his guests instead of his own tracks, and the result is very close to just another underground rap record, with the usual collection of untraceable sound detritus to anchor its productions. Several of the instrumentals recapture something of the Prefuse 73 magic, but Herren isn't entirely successful even when in cut-and-splice mode -- one track finds him sampling and repeating a series of downright annoying nasalisms from Tyondai Braxton although the title, "Mantra," furnishes a partial explanation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Warp Records
  • UPC: 801061012922
  • Catalog Number: 129
  • Sales rank: 326,460

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Said All I Need to Say About Them Intro (3:32)
  2. 2 Hide Ya Face (3:13)
  3. 3 Bad Memory Interlude One (0:41)
  4. 4 TV Versus Detchibe - Tyondai Braxton (3:21)
  5. 5 Expressing Views Is Obviously Illegal (3:41)
  6. 6 Pastel Assassins - Alehandra Deheza (4:26)
  7. 7 Pagina Dos - The Books (2:28)
  8. 8 Silence Interlude (0:56)
  9. 9 Now You're Leaving - Camu (2:38)
  10. 10 Gratis (4:51)
  11. 11 We Got Our Own Way - Kazu (3:19)
  12. 12 Mantra - Tyondai Braxton (1:05)
  13. 13 Sabbatical With Options (2:44)
  14. 14 It's Crowded - Claudia Deheza (4:53)
  15. 15 Just the Thought (3:37)
  16. 16 La Correcion Exchange - DJ Nobody (4:15)
  17. 17 Hide Ya Face (1:34)
  18. 18 Morale Crusher (1:13)
  19. 19 Minutes Away Without You (3:48)
  20. 20 Rain Edit Interlude (1:36)
  21. 21 And I'm Gone - Piano Overlord (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prefuse 73 Primary Artist
GZA Rap
Café Tacvba Rap
Ghostface Killah Rap
Broadcast Rap
Masta Killa Rap
Beans Rap
Aesop Rock Rap
DJ Nobody Track Performer
Piano Overlord Track Performer
Kazu Track Performer
DJ Nobody Turntables
Technical Credits
Café Tacvba Composer
Linda Perhacs Composer
Scott Herren Composer
Prefuse 73 Audio Production
Elvin Estella Producer, Mastering
Estro Art Direction
Guillermo Scott Herren Art Direction
Gracia Villamil Art Direction
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