Volume 94, Issue 77
Thursday, February 8, 2001
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Puffy's Dream a nightmare
If I Only Knew
It's not often an album comes along that may be considered one of the best albums of the year. It's a much rarer thing if one of those albums is an independent release by a local band.
Project Wyze's new LP, If I Only Knew, is one of those gems to fall into that elite category. The band comprises six boys from the London area who recorded an indie CD in hope of getting recognized. If this album doesn't do the trick, nothing will.
If I Only Knew is nine songs of pure energy. Song after song, the album never ceases to amaze. Project Wyze has created a somewhat original sound in a market that has been saturated with hundreds of bands all doing the same thing. Although mainstream comparisons will do no justice, the best way to describe this band is a mix between Rage Against the Machine and Eminem, minus lyrics about killing your wife.
The lyrics are superb and the rhymes are anything but elementary. Having them cut by two gifted vocalists gives Project Wyze an original sound that can be appreciated by anyone into the hip hop scene.
Although you may not be able to hear them on the radio just yet, you probably won't have to wait that long, as once this is heard, nobody is going to stop listening.
It Was All A Dream
It's not often that stylists get mentioned along with the management and producers on a CD, and yet there they are on the debut album from Puff Daddy's girl group, Dream.
The album, if nothing else, sounds like it was expensive to produce. A great deal of money has gone into the production and marketing of this quartet. Some of the top producers, writers and technicians, have been brought together, including David Frank, producer of Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle."
It Was All A Dream can be best described as third generation pop. It's the type of music a department store would feel comfortable playing as background noise, and there's a certain degree of familiarity here that is common with disposable pop music.
Tracks like "This Is Me" and the watered down hip hop "What We Gonna Do About Us," sound like they could have been performed by any one with a pulse. There's really nothing specific that identifies them as Dream they're stereotypical pop songs sung by stereotypical pop stars.
Unfortunately, while the comparative cost of producing Dream was the equivalent to a Mercedes, their K-car lyrics prove that this group is dreaming if they think they've got any substance beneath the style.
While America Sleeps
Something Inviting Records
Music fans have diverse tastes. This may prove evident when listening to Electrodiesel's While America Sleeps. The album is dark, dreary and exactly what a lot of people look for in musical composition.
Brit Andy Slater is Electrodiesel. He's created some dark churning beats, analogue bleeps and deep fuzzy bass with relative ease. However, his dark approach seems to concentrate too much on application and not enough on style.
The single from the album, entitled "Gashead," tries too hard to create an epic and doesn't give enough thought to the natural flow of the song. The eight-minute melody loses its impact at the four-minute mark, when it stops developing new sounds and simply repeats itself.
The other tracks, such as opener "Avenir," are more direct and develop a set of strong, hit-and-run shock beats, laid under a synthesized rhythm.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, "Dischord (Fallen Angel)" samples some slower sounds, creating a less enthusiastic atmosphere. This track is most characteristic of the theme of the record.
Very few electronic artists become popular, and Electrodiesel will most likely be lost in the fog as well due to their lack of distinguishing features.
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