Friday, November 21, 2008

Talking Points:: The Knux - Remind Me In 3 Days

A few weeks ago, a made a plea for someone to send me The Knux' new album, Remind Me In 3 Days. I didn't really think much of it, as most of the time those requests are like shouting "I would like some onion rings!" from the top of a mountain - it gets lost in the ether. Well, thanks to some kind folks (a big up to both Jeff and Knux manager Dart Malone for the helping hands), I did get that copy and have been able to spend some time listening to these two talented, New Orleans to Hollywood, transplants.

So you know what's coming now, the review format preferred by lazy bloggers and ADD afflicted readers everywhere, the Talking Points! Let's do this!

-Album opener The List starts as if it's going to be some kind of interlude/intro thingy, and considering my hopes for this album, that made me die a little inside. BUT, once some classic, fast-rap drums are layered over the addictive bassline and the fellas get going, my spirits lifted. And when Krispy rhymed futon with Poupon and Paul Prudhomme, that little bit of deceased matter lept back to life.

-After the rather hip hop sound of The List and Fire, the hyper electro-rock of Bang Bang caught me a little off-guard. It likely shouldn't have, as I had read there was experimentation to be found on the album, but this was more than I was prepared for from two brothers from N.O. Kudos to them though, as I'm not sure I could go for an album full of this, but I do like the Dave Silver switch-it-up respite it offers from the norm.

-The slow burn of Cappuchino is what first focused the attention of bloggers and others on The Knux, and even now, you can see why. Big slapping drums, guitar licks, video game sounds, and lyrics about the ladies that don't make me cringe, I cannot front on that. Plus a Cafe Du Monde ref, I've been there! I love things about things I've been too!

-Roxxanne had me simultaneously concerned that it was in some way Police-related and hopefully that it might be UTFO-related. Turns out it is related to neither, but it is heavy on the rock geetars. I don't love it, but the catchiness of the hook makes me not hate it.

-The ode to trust fund girls Daddy's Little Girl is the kind of song I would hate if Kanye did something similar. As it is, the female rap-along steez used kind of makes it impossible for me to really like it, so I guess the difference is I don't like it, but I don't hate it. That's something I guess.

-The electro-fied funk of The Train sounds like it also utilizes the female rap-along (not sure), but it confines it to the hook, and leaves the verses for Krispy and Al to handle. Which is wise, as these guys are solid MC's, Krispy being a bit more of a natural flower, but both are more than capable. This is why a lot of the experimentation the Knux come with is more tolerable than it would be for other groups or MC's - their MC-ability helps keep you engaged.

-The storytelling Shine Again has an 80's feel to it I think. Well, the sung chorus and keyboards do, the raps are certainly modern. These raps have an 80's feel to them. "I don't be in no casino, and baby while you knizzow The izzi is the grizzeat Kizzangizzo." Word!

-Life In A Cage not only contains refs to the Fat Boys (and/or Beasties) (brrr stick 'em) and Wrecks N Effect (check baby check baby), but it also a little Outkast-ish. Aquemini era Outkast I think, and that's a good thing.

-The nasty Parking Lot is a good example of why this album works and maybe kind of doesn't. The 2-3 songs before it are heavy on the electro sounds, but this harkens back to classic hip hop sounds - with an almost Liquid Swords-esque beat behind it. In theory I don't have a problem with kind of variation, but at 17 songs, this back and forth becomes a little tiring in the latter stages on the album.

-Which is a shame, as Wake The Fuck Up and The True are a couple of the album's more hearty songs and show the Knux are aware of the issues beyond the women & drug fueled goodtimes they found in Hollywood.

Posted at 2:43 PM by naedoo :: 2 comments

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At 3:28 PM, Blogger The R.O.B. did sayeth:

Huh, I was expecting a warmer reaction... Brian I'd be interested in hearing what you think...

 

At 4:58 PM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

It didn't blow me away, but I have plenty of positives in there.

Good luck getting the Ack to check it out, new hip hop is not exactly in his wheelhouse.

 

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