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Exquisite Corpse

Daedelus Audio CD
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1. Dearly Departed
2. Impending Doom
3. Just Briefly
4. Move On
5. Now & Sleep
6. The Crippled Hand
7. Welcome Home
8. Cadavre Exquis
9. Drops
10. Fallun Love
11. Welcome Home
12. Sent Off/Suspercoll (Jogger Remix)
13. The Trains Are Now So Clean
14. Thanatopsis

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4.0 out of 5 stars Diverse Sound June 8 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm always impressed by artists with a fresh sound and a willingness to experiment with samples and beats. Exquisite Corpse provides both and it always sounds new with each listen. My favorite tracks are Impending Doom, Sent Off/Sus Per Coil, Move On, and Fallen Love. I didn't like the final track, which sounds a lot like a badly broken French record. Nonetheless, worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Corpse (4.3) June 11 2006
By Episkonte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One problem that plagues many collaborative albums is the dependency on all of the album's collaborators to maintain a certain level of quality throughout. If one musician is unable to keep up with that of another, the entire song ends up being brought down in quality and becomes reduced into nothing more than album fodder. Daedelus has collaborated with other rappers before on his "The Weather" album with mixed results. On "Exquisite Corpse" however, he manages to instill faith into those of us were less than impressed with his hip hop attempts on this album's predecessor.

From the track's first song, "Dearly Departed", you know this is going to be a daedelus album first and foremost. Unlike in "The Weather", his beats don't take the backseat to the album's rappers. "Dearly Departed", like many of the musician's songs is a soothing lullaby introduced by what sounds like a sound clip from what could easily be a piece of French New Wave Cinema. The hip hop kicks into full swing on the second track, "Impending Doom", appropriately named for its featuring of the prolific MF Doom. The song is short, but sweet, with thick drum beats and a fast tempo. The combination of the rapper's inventive rhymes with strings and samples that could be from a 40s romance film compliment each other nicely.

Where the album truly succeeds is with its inclusions of multiple song arcs. Everytime I listen to the album, I feel obligated to listen to three or four songs simply because of how well crafted they are. Both "The Crippled Hand" and "Welcome Home feat. Mike Ladd" are in this category, the former harkening back to Daedelu's ability to make drum repetitions that are both furious and elegant at the same time. As the song reaches its climax, you may as well be watching the climax of some obscure noir film. As the drums sound like they're atrophing and the beats become irregular, the listener realizes something big is about to happen. When the horns start sounding, the track becomes absolutely euphoric. Mike Ladd's rhyming on "Welcome Home" is both laid back and intelligent. It feels not quite like spoken word, but not quite like rapping. It positions itself on that happy path in between the two genres.

While a couple of the songs such as "Move On" (which features Sci - a rapper who instantly makes any track dull with his blasé rhyming) and "Cadavre Exquis" (which features the nasally rapping of TTC) are forgettable and almost always get skipped when listening to the album, there are enough quality tracks on this album to make it easily worth getting. This is how "The Weather" should have been done in the first place - with a happy equilibrium between beats and raps, instead of the latter dominating the former.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Nov. 2 2005
By Thaddeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Daedelus album so far. The collaborations with MC's in particular are just out of sight. Mike Ladd, Cyne and MF Doom all deliver the goods on their respective tracks. "Move On" with Sci is a little less dope than all the others. (With the exception of "Cadavre Exquis" avec TTC, which I don't think I've ever listened to all the way through because it's lame. You suck, TTC, and it's not just because I'm a hater of frenchmen.)

Daedelus instrumentals are heavy on the mental, matching up old jazz standards, bossanova, classic b&w hollywood orchestral music, etc. with breakbeats and acoustic guitar. It's not just a bunch of looped beats out of a can, but rather a choppy sea of percussion. It can be a bit trying, though. Definitely not for your average hiphop head, but fans of early Prefuse will be happy.

A small note about two songs: A co-worker of mine claims that "Just Briefly" is almost a direct sample of a Wagonchrist song. I hope he is mistaken, because it's the best instrumental on this album. "Thanatopsis" sounds like a direct descendant of "Denoument" from the Meanwhile EP. I put the two back to back on my iPod because they sound like one continuous song that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sickest Album on Earth March 20 2005
By Jon Craciun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is for someone who has already delved in either Underground Hiphop, or Contemporary Electronica / IDM.. It is not for the narrow-minded, mostly.

It is a near perfect combination of IDM and Underground Hiphop, i'd say it is right up there with Prefuse 73 and his attempts. Aside from that aspect it glows beautifully with Daedelus's intelligent musical innovation.. If you have heard anything else from him, this album will top it all.

Unlike Of Snowdonia, it includes much more experimentation.. With crazy remixes by Prefuse 73, Jogger.. And tracks featuring such unbeatable underground hiphop artists like MF Doom, Cyne, Mike Ladd, Lil Sci.

In conclusion, this album is extraordinary. So much so that it might take a while to sink in.
4.0 out of 5 stars close to 5 stars, but not quite... March 31 2005
By Chris W. Cheshire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
if you are farmiliar with Daedelus' other work, this album may come as a suprise when you first listen to it. It doesnt have the same cohesive nature as Snowdonia or Invention, which in my opinion, keeps it very interesting. The instrumental tracks on here are the standouts, along with Impending Doom, where MF gets nice to a different beat than you will be used to hearing him rhyme over.

The only song on this album that gets skipped is cadavre exquis, which the album really could have done without.

The remixes on here from Prefuse and Jogger are two of the highlight songs for sure, definitely standout tracks.

Overall its probably his best album along with Invention, so pick it up quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Daedelus - Exquisite Corpse March 10 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Daedelus continues his kitchen-sink approach to hip-hop with _Exquisite Corpse_, the name of an old surrealist parlor game. In the game, a piece of paper is folded in 3, and 3 different artists create an image on their section without knowing what the other artists have done. Daedelus produces the musical version of this by continually morphing his tracks. The delicacy at the start of "Dearly Departed" gives way to some angular abstraction towards the end, while "Just Briefly" takes an upbeat tempo that stuttters and skitters out. Many of his samples seem to be drawn from 50s-era easy listening records, which adds an air of nostalgia that he gleefully undermines. The happy background chorus of "Move On" crashes headfirst into Sci's vocals and the kung-fu movie samples, and the lullaby of "Now & Sleep" is purposefully set against an atonal piano line. Even the swelling folksy acoustic guitar that fills "Thanatopsis" gets pushed up against an urgent beat. But the lovely "Welcome Home" brings back the emotive side of Daedelus' work (both in its instrumental form and in its vocal form with Mike Ladd), as do the swelling strings of "Fallen Love." This corpse still has plenty of life in it...
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