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Posted by: JackLL from: Illinois on
Hip-hop is far from my favorite genre. I still check out a few rap albums every year but for the most part I wind up unimpressed - I listen to something once and think "it's fine but I really don't see myself listening to this again".
This album is a completely different story. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone, even people who generally don't like the genre. This is not your typical hip-hop album; in fact, I can't even think of an album that sounds anything like this one.
The beats are out of this world. In fact they almost have an "outer space" feel to them and it makes the album really atmospheric. Most hip-hop albums I've heard are basically a few singles with a bunch of filler around them but this is an album that you must listen to front to back in one sitting. Every track flows beautifully to the next and the album feels like one long single.
The rappers hold their own too. Their voices really complement the beats well and these are some of the deepest lyrics I've ever heard from a hip-hop album. After hearing the album I went to look up some interpretations of the lyrics online - usually I do that because I don't understand some slang but in this case I did it because of how deep the lyrics are.
For example, "Hard As They Come" has three verses with each rapper's verse being a metaphor for something "evil". One of the verses talks about alcohol, then drugs, and the final verse is talking about AIDS. I can't help but applaud how brilliant the lyrics are in songs like that one.
This is the first release I've heard from this group and I am really looking forward to getting some of their other releases. I can't recommend "Oneirology" enough.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great...after a few listens.
Posted by: BSE2K9 from: Riverside, Ca on
In true Cunninlyguists tradition, Oneirology brings a new feel/sound to the table. This album is focused around dreams, as its title (which means the study of dreams) indicates.
The production on this album is amazing, as Kno's production once again reaches new heights. However, I found myself getting lost in the music sometimes and there were a few songs that I did not even hear the lyrics the first time through.
They lyrics and verses are good, but they just did not have the same gripping effect on me that their other albums had, such as A Piece of Strange. But again, they were good and I will be enjoying the lyrics from this album for a long long time.
I was very happy that they brought back the fun/joking around style that is seen in Enemies With Benefits. This is a nice throw back feel to their debut album which is mainly fun songs.
The guest artists on this album all did a great job as well, whether that be from a rapping standpoint like Tonedeff and Freddie Gibbs, or from a singing standpoint like Anna Wise and Rick Warren. Everyone had a great sound and flow on the album.
Check out the acoustic version of Looking Back on QN5's blog.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
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