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1. A Tale Of Apes I & II
2. A Tale Of Apes II
3. Middleclass Stomp
4. Middleclass Kill
5. Midas Gutz
6. Bed To The Bills
7. The Mercury Craze
8. Bed To The Bills
9. Return Of The Vein
10. Call To Dive
11. The Ends

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Amazon.com: 10 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Oct. 4 2006
By Etc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Probably even more diverse and genre-defying than their previous (incredibly underrated) album, this goes somewhere that music really hasn't gone before. I'm not sure how to describe it, but there's the same feel to it, with a new and more developed personality this time around. I just bought it today, but I've been listening to it non-stop. It's definitely the best album I've heard this year, and it was well worth the wait.

The songs shift moods and styles so much it can make your head spin, but in the end you really feel as though you've gone thorugh something epic; a kind of adventurous album that people don't seem to make anymore. If you're familiar with the new single The Mercury Craze, you've probably got an idea for where the album's going, but don't expect ten more tracks like it. If anything, it's the "catchy" 80's discoey song, and it stands out on that note (and operates as a solid single in that light).

This is a brilliant album, and a (relievingly) worth follow up to the amazing New White album. Another thing worth noting is the production, which is perfect this time around. Even if this isn't "your thing," you'll have a hard time brushing it off or ignoring how unique and imaginitive it is.

It's part hip hop, part electronic idm/downtempo, part rock... completely impossible to accurately describe as it demands your attention on so many levels. Here's to hoping that their signing to EMI/Astralwerks brings some more deserved attention to this band.

PS: Doseone's a genius.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another Adventure with Hour Hero Yes Dec 23 2006
By F. Curt Allday - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I cannot tell you how inspirational and new this band's sound is- it is a very great leap in hip hop- but some may label this as a branch of rap rock, and they couldn't be quite so wrong in trying to label them as such (i think Spin did and i almost laughed).

This is an ambitious work, a companion to A New White, and the middle chapter in its trilogy following the white rapper from California, Hour Hero Yes. The LP's were designed to become a board game that rapper, Adam or Doseone had comprised in 2002. Every song has its moments, each building to volcanic eruption laying a flow so defined with so much distinction and personality, that I can't think of an MC able to hang with the creativity, pace, and melody of Dose. The production is insane and has welcomed incorporation of past demos from band mate Dax, who was tragically paralyzed last year. That special experience and more money has enabled this group to present such biting tracks as "midas gutz (about celebrities emptying their intestines in some twisted new age reality game with celebrities from Ice Cube- back when he was hard), "return of the vein," the single, Mercury Craze, and Middleclass Kill/Stomp.

The album is not meant to be cut into singles but an entire experience. I recommend listening to A New White and For Hero : For Fool in succession. I also recommend cLOUDDEAD, Ten, for further exploration of the many styles of Dose and anticon (although subtle is not an anticon release).

For me, I felt this was album of the year, due to the progressive nature and the pure ambitiousness using the genre.

This is a possible future for hip hop. Do yourself a favor, get this album now.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
beautifully psychotic March 19 2007
By jakemeoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
definately one of my favorite cd's of all time. however, it did take me about 3 or four times around to actually love it. you have to kind of grasp the feeling of story first. sometimes the singing can be a little annoying,(i dont know if that is intentional or not)but the lyrics always make up for it. as usual, dose takes the listener on a ride into his skitzo-like, word painter rantings. scripting, yet another, chapter in his story(later to made into a board game)about the depressions of trying to live with the humans as an alien and such. his delivery is amazing, and i think he gets better at singing all the time. the music is freakish. i hate labeling it with genres, so ill just say it's like tool and pink floyd having a kid, and then that kid blows it up in outkast, and their baby would kind of resemble subtle.
Astounding Feb. 6 2014
By Jaime Silvela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album in 2007, and in 2014 it still feels fresh and ahead of THIS time. Few people seem to know Subtle, which is a shame.
The raw energy, and level of detail, in songs like Call To Dive or A Tale of Apes, are moving, powerful.
I guess you need to be musically open minded for this group, it's certainly outside the mainstream.
An amazing album. July 10 2011
By As Waves Crash Down - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Now, I don't listen to rap or hip hop. I'm more of a prog/art rock kind of person, though I will listen to anything that is genuinely creative. However, I have been a subtle fan for years for that reason: they aren't like other rap or hip hop groups I've ever heard. The music is unique, there's actual singing, and even the rapping itself shows great skill; it's not just talking over a beat, and I'd challenge anyone who thinks it takes no skill to try to do what Doseone does in tracks like Apes part II.
I've had A New White for years, particularly in love with the tracks "She" and "I Heart L.A" I finally decided to get this, not knowing how it would sound. My first thought upon finishing it was "That was good, but it was too short." I honestly though it was only a half an hour album, but then I checked and it was just over 50 minutes. That's a really good thing for an album to hook you in so much that you loose track of time. So far, I have not listened to any tracks alone, it's been start to finish for me each of the many times I've already listened to it, although a few tracks that stood out for me were Apes part II, nomanisisland, and Bed to the Bills. One thing I did notice though was the strange song structure in the last few tracks. Constantly changing, they seemed to be closer to progressive than to what one would expect from a band that may be labled as rap or hip hop, but this act doesn't deserve a lable, they're too original for that. While I may love this band, I doubt I'll ever journey into rap beyond Doesone's projects, but they have given me hope that rap isn't always as what the mainstream spews out.

Anyways, thanks goes out to ZekeySpaceyLizard who posted a video on albinoblacksheep many years ago for She. Without it, I doubt I'd have ever heard of this incredible band. And this album is truly deserving of these five stars, being lyrically, rhythmically, and musically outstanding overall.


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