................... vol 6 - issue 11 (jul 2004) :: entertainmental

CD review by Vinnie Baggadonuts

Fuck being objective. I like this record. Objectivity is for professionals. I just genuinely like music.

And now I like Tack Fu. I just read everything he posted up on his website. I wanted to know why Iíd never heard of him until Movement Marketing made Christmas come early for me.

Just so you know, Tackís no rookie. And ...85 Decibel Monks is not his first release. It is, however, making a case against the foolish notion that everythingís been done. Sure, at times, you can pull out a comparison card, like DJs Shadow or Cam, but thatís more in spirit than style. Tack and his 85 Decibel Monks have their own individual flavor. Amidst the expected funk beats and jazz samples, there are opera vocals, live instruments, intense symphony orchestra pieces, and otherworldly musics tossed in to the mix.

Tack Fu Presents The Production Team: 85 Decibel Monks kicks off with "Enter Dependents", which sums the album up perfectly. The first sound you hear is the deep, low hum of a cello or bass string. Then the beat kicks in, and some backing percussion sneaks in behind it. Then the MCs speak their piece. Then you put your stereo on "repeat".

There are countless other cuts to drool over (and an equally countless cameo list, including Blueprint and DJ Vadim, among others), but I got a word count, and you have no attention span. So, until you buy the album (which you should), hereís a short list:

- "Interlude In E Minor" - A dark, symphonic snippet been pulled from the score of a non-existent film.

- "Lie Down Beside You" - A dramatic string-heavy piece led on the charge by Rachel Kannís spoken-word verses.

- The conjured cloud of looming doom called "Dumb Talkers", featuring Bad Fathers.

- A jazzy, peaceful, sung cut called "Rebirth", featuring Cousin.

- And the musical flight through the Far East, "Mongolian Fire".

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