1.) The Buzz Kill - 3/5
2.) Sea Lion feat. Wll Oldham - 4/5
3.) Gunz Yo - 4/5
4.) Escape Artist - 3/5
5.) Product Placement - 4/5
6.) Voice Mail Bomb Threat - Interlude
7.) Dance Monkey - 3/5
8.) Sun Vs. Moon - 3/5
9.) Agony In Her Body - 3/5
10.) Crumble - 2/5
11.) Ground Control - 3/5
12.) Lie Detector Test - 4/5
13.) Bridle - 4/5
14.) Slow Down Ghandi - 5/5
15.) Jah Didn't Kill Johnny - 0/5
Sage Francis is an emcee people either love or hate. His fan base is thick with people who come from different genre-types to hear Sage bust his raps. Those that don't like him think he's some Anticon based emcee with plenty of emo thrown in for good measure.
First let me say that Sage Francis is still, to this day, one of my favourite (if not my number one) emcees. I think the man has plenty of skills and that both his "Personal Journals" LP and "Sick of..." series were dope as hell.
His new long player does not carry on from where "Persnal Journals" left no matter how many reviews say it does. The most notable thing on his new LP is that Sage's choice in beats has much to be desired and whereas he's spent time trying to disassociate himself with Anticon he's only got closer to sounding like their typicalsound. Dare I say "punk rap"?
But there are highly enjoyable moments mostly found when Sage tones it down a bit. "Lie Detector Test" and "Bridle" but compliment each other superbly only to make way for the raw, yet highly accessible "Slow Down Ghandi".
Sage is a talented emcee who obviously takes pride in his lyrical capability. Here he shows what he can do on numerous occasions although sometimes gets lost in his own effort and his beats mesh with his rhymes to just make heavy noise.
Good album? No. I'd simply say it's mediocre but I do have a feeling it's one of those that'll grow on me much like "Personal Journals". Is Mr Sage Francis taking himself too seriously? Well, I'll await to see if he does another superb Non Prophets album to find out.