'Twas the season...
While I really liked the title track when the album came out, I'll admit this isn't my favorite of the band's recent output. I may need to give it a few more listens. I would never accuse the band of phoning it in so to speak, but maybe plateauing a bit. Either way, I'm always happy to be expanding my collection of Wire LPs.
Myself a fan of 70s era jazz fusion and late 60s Impulse!, my appreciation and enjoyment of this album was immediate. Taking full advantage of hip-hop's standing as a sample genre, its multiple frames of reference coalescing into a fascinating cross-section of sounds akin to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Alain Goraguer to name a few, Flying Lotus (a.k.a., Steven Ellison) impresses with some deep jazz arrangements that relate well to some of his more beat-related instrumentals. You can probably credit this to the track sequencing. There are moments when the album sounds more like a film score, some of the tracks segmented and short, but that doesn't detract overall from the complete package. You're Dead is a hip-hop album for fusion heads.
And the physical presentation of the album is gorgeous, foil-stamped and heavily illustrated.
The Definitive 45 Singles Collection, Vol. 1: 1952-1961
The second volume spans 1962-1991 and is scheduled to release mid-March.
Letters From A Tapehead
Apologies for the quiet September. My time was needed everywhere but here. That said, I'm happy to end the month with some good singles ...
When you read the mission statement of the record label Our Silent Canvas , an entity that prides itself on encouraging “exploration of th...
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