|Production guru Tack-Fu makes this orchastrated effort with a number of mc's and dj's all inclined to platform his beat making wizardry. After Yen & Slang, Tack-Fu comes back a little bit stonger and a little bit wiser. The album is divided into side A and side B, which is unusual in CD format. It brings back memories of mixtapes, without the hiss or auto-reverse.|
Tack-Fu's offering is intriguing in a few ways. The production is top notch, and you'd be insane to question whether the quality is consistent. It changes styles left and right and doesn't try to overpower you with harsh sounds or anything overly experimental or dark. It's incredibly musical and that's why the listener appreciates the merits of the album.
The first side features a bunch of guest mc's. While Tack-Fu does nicely to raise the bar on the production realm, the mc's are far from being spectacular. Joe Juggla fails to do anything really interesting on the mic, and his flow doesn't generate much interest on "Alter Beast" which is too bad because Tack-Fu pounding production is so energetic. The same can be said for "Personality" where Angle comes off solidly, but not with as much firepower needed to sustain the track.
the first half of the album is helped significantly as teen ido Braille does his thing on "Matter of Time." Braille's emphatic delivery commands attention, and suits the pounding atmosphere of Tack-Fu's production. This is the album's real standout track, which will have you singing the praises of Braille's powerful delivery. Angle comes off with much more potency on "My Poetry" which sounds extremely sinster and dark, with heavy percussion. The same can be said for Joe Juggla who redeems himself on "Ballad of Death" with solid verses and some nice mic work over the the eerie background sounds.
While the first half contains great production among the not-so-great guest mc's. the second half lets Tack-Fu go off with his production as his main platform, with staggering results. "Narrow Path" comes at you with a melodic feel and some intriguing background music that begins to conjure paranoia. On "Proverbs 5" the sound is much more soothing and engaging, with a number of warning words for loose women.
The whirling production of "How Long?" uses sampled voices, a technique utilized to the fullest on this track. This song emphasizes how to be successful, sounding like the hip-hop version of a Tony Robbins informercial. On "Brimstoned Hymn" haunting chants are partnered with a heavy, thundering background that will have fun with your bass system.
The turntable antics of Earl-e on "Guru Dude" are evident and really help make the track a winner, though it's quite short. The album jumps to "Interplanetary Dance" a musical journey that really captures the listener. It's fun basslines and well-used scratches by Quisp all enhance its effect. The album end with the appropriately titled "Outro." The pulsating rhythms and dark effects really get your ears, making it the best listen of the second half. The spacey feel is complimented by the dark scheme, allowing it to pound away at your eardrums.
This album works because Tack-Fu knows how to make music. The first half isn't exactly filled with the world's most spectacular mc's, but Tack-Fu's beat making skills help make them, at least, listenable. A strong performance by Braille helps make the first half decent, but it is easily the second that makes this album. Each song isn't just merely an instrumental, but an entire concept in itself, filled with creative samples and great musical mixes. What this album all comes down to is production, and that makes it good. Tack-Fu comes up strong on this piece, allowing his musical talent to be the greatest part of the show.
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