Sunday, June 21, 2009

Listener - Return To Struggleville/Not Waving, Drowning

Return To Struggleville
Not Waving, Drowning
both ©2009 Independent

Spoken word projects usually pass under my radar due to mild comparisons to hip-hop. Listener does an entire spoken word release with “Not Waving, Drowning” and using subtle acoustic and samples on “Return To Struggleville”. The intelligent lyrics set this apart from even the mildest forms of pop-oriented rap music. These are mildly entertaining and clever, at points, but I’m not sure either has much staying power. Just OK doesn’t cut it.

6 of 10 clicks
June 2009

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