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20 Odd Years
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|4. Paper Airplane - with Jenn Grant|
|5. Stop - with Hannah Georgas|
|6. Zombie Delight|
|7. Tears of Your Heart - with Olivia Ruiz|
|8. Cold Steel Drum - with Jenn Grant|
|9. Smalltown Boy - with Gentleman Reg|
|10. She Said Yes|
|11. BCC - with John Southworth|
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|13. Final Approach - with Marie-Pierre Arthur|
Buck 65 from Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia - population 3,500 - combines elements of hip-hop, blues, roots, rock, country and folk music to become one of the most enduring artists on the international hip-hop scene. His 'career in a nutshell' doesn't exactly read like the how-to handbook for elementary hip-hop artists. Not surprising, really, given that for the last 20 years he has built a reputation on breaking the mould. Throughout his career, this small-town Canadian emcee and turntablist has pushed all sorts of boundaries on his way to create a sound that is truly Buck 65. While many of his cotemporaries faded away, Buck 65's avant-garde approach kept him at the edge of the music scene, and won him countless dedicated fans around the world. Buck 65's 20- year career alone is testament to how much appeal his music has. Throw in 3 Juno award wins and 5 nominations, and live collaborations with artists like PJ Harvey and Moby, and you've got the portrait of an artist who is clearly as respected by his contemporaries as he is loved by his audiences.
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This CD is FANTASTIC!
I listen to it over and over and still can't get enough...
20 ODD YEARS is a compilation of BUCK 65 and other amazing Canadian talent.
Just buy it for yourself and thank me later... :)
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But I'm off track 20 Odd Years is Bucks return to greatness - it's like DirtBike in that you see all sides of buck at his best (but unlike dirtbike it's fantastic quality and it's great from front to back - not to hate on dirtbike 1-3, it's just some stand out more than others - like the collabo with doseone with the awesome beat by Jel)
The artists he works with although Ive heard of none of them are fantastic ESPECAILLY the female singers. Wow - I never thought Id be belting out tunes trying to harmonize in the car like that (haha I'm mostly a rap fan, and a rapper/writer myself) pure beauty. I can't say enough good things about this, only bad thing is I don't own a copy on Wax yet (hahaha)
Okay, Zombie delight was kinda silly - but in a fun way that totally fits buck haha. The only side of Buck I miss is like - Five Dollar Jesus, the Sebutones track on The Ritual of The Molemen and To Kill A Mocking Bird, Stranded, Where Did She Go?, The Unthinkable (work with boom bip again! and goddamn that venitian snare remix is so good), his darker style was so good and no one could do it like him - alot of 50/50 was that style - most of the album with Stigg was that style. We got a little of that on that one song on Dirtbike (that screamed for it to be a sebutones song - sixtoo would've fit right in there like bread and butter) - not titles so Its hard to refrences but hes talking about walking "In a robe with a stick and pig with a bell in it's ear as my companion" - that track is unbelievable and the song about his discography had that vibe (Maniquin Player? I think) - love the bass on that and drums. The song about the mayor was a similar vibe - but more in a gross yet hilarious way Stinkin'Rich/JohnnyRockwell kinda way haha. As an artist myself I totally respect and give him MAJOR props for making DIRTBIKE 1-3 all by himself and working with every style he wanted to - what more could you want and its truly mind blowing that 3 albums this good were made in THREE MONTHS - you truly are a workhorse man; but back to what I wa saying - As a fan and somewhat of an audiophile (you saw my eq tweak comments in the car haha) I REALLY wish after you had mixed these yourself - you given your stems to a mixing and or mastering house - it would've still been completely your work but sound 20 times nicer. Or done more Mastering work yourself, either or. But ah well I like the old rugged cassette stuff too so why am I complaining hahaha - your one of the Greatest Story Tellers of All Time in my book Rich. I can't wait for the novel your workin' on. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to the genius that is Mr. Tefry - I suggest you check out a bit from all his different eras to see how far he truly has come, and you will at the very least have an immense respect (rightfully so) for this fantastic artist. 20 Odd Years is another gemstone in a pile of diamonds as far as I'm concerned. I can't wait for more Buck - but while he's writing the book (not to mention getting or is married now) I'm sure he's busy - gettin' his Johnny Rock Well on - HAH (semi-sarcstic) see what I did there? (sorry buck and everyone - I had to hahaa)
Whole album is great and cohesive (despite originaly being 4 separate volumes of vinyl limted releases leading up to the full length) but some of my favorite are Superstars Don't Love - he just kicks ass on this, nothin' deep - just rips it to shreds - showin' off his DJ skills (which are somewhat under utilized these days - whats up with lettin' other DJs doin' your intros man! I thought that was your thing haha not that they didn't do a great job - the 65 6 6 6 6 SiiixtyFive has become a staple of the intro to a buck 65 album and I get a HUGE smile one my face every single time I hear a new take on it.
PaperAir Planes - Rich and Jenn a goddamned grammy (OR SOMETHING) for this, my god(s). I never EVER imagined Buck could make something this beautiful. I cry most of the time I hear this song - no lie and It's hard to make me weep. It's that beautiful and I can totally relate in so many different ways. Buck's music has touched my soul many times - he is so much more than "The Centaur" - I wish people would forget that song (not that it's bad, but lets be honest - it is played out and old now, and the rest of the album really overshadows that track IMHO). The Centaur almost does a disservice to the myriad of styles this man has and is able to rock/kick on the spot. One of the true great artists alive today.
The opening track "Superstars Don't Love," which appears to be something of an ode to Michael Jackson, would have probably fit right in on Situation and is one of the albums most straight-forward hip hop tracks, along with "Lights Out." Tracks such as "Gee Whiz," "Whispers of the Waves," "Paper Airplanes" and "Who By Fire" (a Leonard Cohen cover) feature Buck's signature blend of country, western, and folk with hip hop. Songs like "Stop," "BCC," and "Final Approach" are amongst some of Buck 65's most pop-oriented tracks. Still, the album features some oddities, like "Zombie Delight," a comical instructional for how to survive a zombie apocalypse driven by a bluesy guitar riff. "Tears of Your Heart" is especially reminiscent of Secret House Against the World with French female-sung vocals accompanied by chamber pop instrumentation and post-punk guitar riffing. "Cold Steel Drum" is an electro-hop piece featuring the vocals of Jenn Grant, and is one of the albums' best songs. "She Said Yes" is another favorite and showcases Buck 65's talent for crafting beautiful, emotionally moving songs, being amongst some of his best of that category.
One of my gripes with the album is the overuse of guest appearances. While a lot of the guest spots are used perfectly (such as on "Cold Steel Drum"), on other tracks Buck seems to be outshined by his collaborator, most notably on "BCC," which seems like a track by John Southworth featuring Buck 65.
All in all, however, the album is very solid and I would consider it up to be high up in the ranks with some of Buck 65's best albums, including Square (my personal favorite album of his) and Secret House Against the World.
My Favorite Songs: She Said Yes, Cold Steel Drum, Zombie Delight, Superstars Don't Love
Go to Buck's website and typed out right under the title of his new record is a bit of text that reads "the most beautiful hip-hop album ever made." When I interviewed Buck last year he told me something similar, explaining that it was maybe the work that he was most proud of. At that same time he had just finished releasing his Dirtbike trilogy of albums (basically long, continuous mixes of new music) on the Internet for free. (I suppose that somewhat justifies the $25 ticket price of Odd, huh?) Prior to releasing his new record Buck released four EPs on iTunes (basically three or four songs per month, all but two of which songs are included on the new 13-track record). To celebrate his 20 years "in the hip-hop game," Buck collaborated with a handful of his favorite musicians, including Gordon Downie (The Tragically Hip), Nick Thorburn (Islands, The Unicorns), Jenn Grant, Hannah Georgas, Olivia Ruiz and John Southworth - all French or Canadian musicians whom Buck has played shows with over the years. Oddly enough, none of his Anticon, Rhymesayers or Bike For Three collaborators from recent years. Kind of a bummer, really, that he didn't include any of his hip-hop compatriots.
So is 20 Odd Years, an album featuring loads of rock musicians and only one hip-hop musician, really "the most beautiful hip-hop album ever made?" No, of course not, but we all know that Buck was just talking $#!&. Sure, he's proud of his grand new record, but if he really thought it was that good, he'd probably bother to release it in the U.S. right? Regardless, this is easily his best work in some time, even if the collaborations do get in the way of that strange Buck 65 magic. Situation, his last proper record, was supposed to be the one that put him back on the map; produced by popular battle DJ Scratch Bastid and released on Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records (and distributed by WEA), the album offered the straightforward boom-bap sound Buck initially became known for in the late 90s. That didn't work, and so it's not too surprising that he's taking a route more true to himself this time around.
Instead of, say, Language Arts, we get an overly accessible hip-hop record that features a production style that jumps around quite a bit, almost scanning its way through the many sounds Buck has experimented with on past releases. The turntable-heavy "Gee Whiz" is an instant standout, coming off like a even-more-cleanly produced This Right Here-era cut. Featuring Thornburn on minimal guest vocals that play through more like a sample than a collaboration, the track is Buck's best work since the one-two punch of his much loved Dirty Work EP and Strong Arm mixtape back in 2006. "Whispers of the Waves," featuring Canadian legend Downie, is an excellent production featuring tin drum programing, guitar loops and Gord on the hook. It doesn't work too well for me, personally, but it's a solid song that should satisfy Hip fans (and probably tickled the hell out of Buck, too). "Paper Airplane," featuring Grant, is an almost incredible pop song that just happens to feature some rap vocals. A string composition every bit as much as it as a hip-hop production, the song shows Buck's ever-growing understanding of pop composition. And, again, I'm not crazy about the guest vocals, but everything else here is spot on.
If this really was the most beautiful hip-hop album ever made it would probably be, well, more of a hip-hop record. What we end up with is a pop/rap hybrid that doesn't often enough capitalize on Buck's strengths. Yeah, the production is deep and impressively complex at times, but that's been the case with buck since Man Overboard was released over a decade ago. The scratches are amazing and Buck's vocals (if no one else's) are always fantastic. In the end, this is probably Buck's favorite Buck album. This because he got to collaborate with all his heroes and, one would have to guess, make the record that he felt would also appeal to fans of all those folks. To me, a longtime underground hip-hop and Buck 65 fan, it falls somewhere towards the bottom of the Buck 65 catalog, far below Vertex, This Right Here, Man Overboard and Language Arts, nestled somewhere around Secret House Against the World and Situation. An amazingly produced and solid record, but not much of a winner by classic-era Buck standards. If nothing else, download "She Said Yes," "Zombie Night," "Paper Airplane" and "Gee Whiz" and you'll have a solid EP.
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I hardly buy any music what so ever, but I really think buck 65 has put a lot of work into this and deserves nothing less
It's artsy hip-hop with like a retro french twist.