Friday, August 17, 2007

Boom Bip & Doseone - Circle

Boom Bip & Doseone
(2002, Mush)

Boom Bip and Doseone explored uncharted territory in one of the most abstract collaborations to ever grace the world of music when they created Circle. 29 tracks of stream-of-conscious lyrical madness provided by Dose is laid over incredibly varied and loosely moving obscure beats (if you can call them that) from Boom Bip. This is one of the most bizarre albums I have ever heard. No one knows quite what genre this falls under. I've seen it placed under such labels as futurism and hip-not, honestly I don't think a genre label is necessary cause there is nothing like this album, and probably never will be. That is the genius behind this album. It's so experimental that it is incredibly unique. It feels like a poetry reading crossed with a nightmare of epic proportions. Reviewers debate whether the lyrics are a social commentary or just complete absurdity. Whatever they are, the speed and quality of Doseone's lyrical amazement is sure to interest anyone with literary leanings. Each song is constantly varied so that listening to the album all the way through feels very similar to watching a movie. As much as I think this album is incredibly important, genius in its progressiveness and very daring, its just not something you could listen to everyday. It will leave you baffled and amazed, confused and slightly scared- you will listen to it a few times out of curiosity, but there is absolutely nothing catchy about this album and unless you are an avante-garde junkie, you'll quietly catalog it with the rest of your music as a prize jewel intended for safe keeping.


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