genesis owusu, holy crap!

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finishing up my first listen of his new album 'smiling with no teeth' and i'm basically speechless, this thing is so surprising and packed with brilliant ideas. i saw some positive chatter about him in the r&b thread, but man does this album deserve its own thread.

videos are also very much worth watching
"the other black dog"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25CBe5FAvtI

"don't need you"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig6F67VIn-k

voodoo chili, Thursday, 15 April 2021 00:12 (three months ago) link

It has brilliant and okay ideas; I lose interest in the middle stretch before regaining it in the last third. You're generally right, though.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 April 2021 00:36 (three months ago) link

i hadn’t heard any of the singles, so i was totally put off by the opening tracks, which was far too death grips-y, but he won me over with track two and i was willing to roll with the punches.

voodoo chili, Thursday, 15 April 2021 04:49 (three months ago) link

yeah some of his rapping on it is very death grips-esque

there's some good stuff on this album but idk how i feel about it as a whole yet, it's very all over the place

ufo, Thursday, 15 April 2021 05:31 (three months ago) link

rapping also reminded me a bit of bartees strange. the short of it is, the tracks where he rapped weren’t the ones that spoke to me, but the unpredictable, all-over-the-place nature of the album was one of the things I liked most

voodoo chili, Thursday, 15 April 2021 11:51 (three months ago) link

The Other Black Dog is absolutely one of my jams of the year.

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Friday, 16 April 2021 15:55 (three months ago) link

listened to this more and i think it's largely good-not-great, at its best when it's leaning more neo-soul

ufo, Saturday, 17 April 2021 06:12 (three months ago) link

The Other Black Dog is absolutely one of my jams of the year.

― Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin),

The way the melody keeps going up-up-up.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 17 April 2021 09:33 (three months ago) link

That one almost sounds like a Hole chorus to me, I could hear Courtney singing it.

I do need to finally listen to the whole thing here.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 April 2021 02:44 (three months ago) link

Xxp yes a similar trick to "The System" by Popcaan

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Monday, 19 April 2021 07:59 (three months ago) link

I like that all the variety he gets praised isn't totally scattergun but directed at scratching and soothing his trauma. At least in interviews he's said something along these lines - the recurring Story of the two black dogs representing racism and depression. And he's just as adventurous vocally as musically. And I agree that the middle section tends towards songs that sound a little less complete than those at the beginning and end, although I have no problem with Gold Chains, Drown and the title track, so I guess I'm just talking about Easy and Black Dogs. Anyway, my album of the year so far for sure.

Cree, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 09:51 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF8Ob8sXgFI

peace, man, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 01:18 (two weeks ago) link


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