There are a couple (read several) factors that will turn people right the fuck off of this album.
- The dick cover
- The pretentious ideals of the group in general
- The dick cover
- MC Ride's signature angry hobo punk rap vocals
- The di- alright, you get it
- The droning buzzy bass
- The electronic hyper processed beats
- The way the whole things sounds put together
Now you'll notice some of that is in red. This is because those points are exactly why I love this album and Deathgrips in general. MC Ride looks and sounds like a drugged up hobo that by all means should be wearing an "THE END IS COMING" sign and standing in Times Square hollering in the same voice he uses on the album.
|You gon get raped|
|Who took my coat?|
Let's talk about some of the songs now. The album opens with one of the more definitive tracks on the album, "Come up and get me", which sets the pace, tone, and aesthetic expectation for the album perfectly. "No Love" is a baseball bat beatdown of a rap track, whose memorable and repetitive hook balance and complement the grinding, buzzy bass beat. This is one of the "anthem" tracks on the album, one that fans will groove to. "Whammy" picks up the pace and is one of the quicker tracks on the album, also containing a lot of repetitive samples and hooks. One of the more "catchy" tracks for sure. "Stockton" isn't a far cry from some much more traditional "gangsta rap" offerings and lends some of the "street cred" aspect to the album, IMO. "Artificial Death in the West" is a great track to end the album with, much more subdued and low profile than every other track on the album. This track prominently features "talking Ride" with only samples of "hobo Ride". This is by far the most calm track on the album, almost over simplified in its production. I hate to make Radiohead comparisons two reviews in a row, but the beat in this one has a lot of Kid A nostalgia for me for some reason, maybe just how I'm thinking about it right now, I don't know. Either way, the album carries the same kind of raw, buzzy, street feeling throughout and only minorly deviates in either direction aurally.
Don't have much else to say about it right now, other than it's worth checking out if you're a fan of rap, raw productions, great beat work, or (relating to the last point) the work of Zach Hill in Hella, which is a great electronic act btw.