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Personal Journals [Explicit Lyrics]

Sage Francis Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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1. Crack Pipes
2. Different
3. Personal Journalist
4. Inherited Scars
5. Climb Trees
6. Broken Wings
7. The Strange Famous Mullet Remover
8. Smoke & Mirrors
9. Message Sent
10. Eviction Notice
11. Pitchers Of Silence
12. Specialist
13. Hopeless
14. Kill ya' Momz
15. Black Sweatshirt
16. Cup of Tea
17. My Name Is Strange
18. Runaways

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sage Francis is okay. He isn't great or horrible. He isn't exactly for me. I'll listen to the backpacker stuff even though I rather gangster and hardcore myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is Entertainment July 9 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
The raps are very good Funny are serious wise.Everything seems to fit on this album a very solid release from Mr.Francis in 2002 who I thought at First was some weirdo but then I found out he was not.some jazz type of music also on this Fun release
Lyrics 10/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 10/10 Classic 9/10 Me 10
Overall=49/50 There you have it Folks this is 5 Mics
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lost Sage verse found in Bible Code July 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Absurd long-words perform surgical intrusions,
Impeding the brain with cranial confusions,
Convoluted metaphors create pompous delusions,
Leaving cyberpseuds with paranoid illusions
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1.0 out of 5 stars Allmusic condemnation of Anticon June 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
To paraphrase Mark Pytlik, who expresses himself far more eloquently than me on the matter (see allmusic.com 'Selling Live Water' review): Most Anticon records attempt to play a disingenuous trick on the listener by selling themselves as high-concept when they're really hip-hop Dada. For all their dense, breathless wordplay and thick, stewy production, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there's a surfeit of content, threads to untangle, layers to peel through. The disappointing reality is that all these five-dollar words and murky sonic tapestries are impressionistic at best, a fact that wouldn't be in the least bit troubling were Anticon's more lucid moments not filled with blazing rhetoric in deference to some sort of hidden insight.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pseud's corner June 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Most rebukes to the beardo consensus regarding Anticon etc consist of some chimp writing "I H8 WACK NERD RAPPAS" or something, giving the chin-stroker an even greater feeling of superiority. Hopefully my own diatribe will redress the balance (slightly).
I remember a conversation once where I was discussing the relative merits of the Anticon collective and the rest of the "intelligent" rap fraternity (Anti Pop Consortium, Aesop Rock etc.). I recall having difficulty articulating my guttural distaste for their releases, feebly mumbling some c**p about them being big girl's blouses (in the case of Anticon) and pretentious waffle-mercahants (APC and Aesop). Anyway, after some thought I seem to have come to the root of the problem: the majority of the lyrics are pretentious gibberish; and most of the beats are lame.
According to one chin-stroker, interpreting this music is like unpeeling an onion: "the outside looks normal, the beats are hip-hop, the pace is hip-hop. peel the thin outer skin. there's more. a whole new layer. more intricate. more complex.... listen more. strip off another skin. it gets deeper. and deeper." Now let's examine this hyperbole further. Allow me to quote some examples, posted by fans on Amazon, of their heroes' lyrical genius:
Aesop Rock
"Walking like a jabberwalkie scalping a one-way pair of tickets to shadowboxing"
'Ping Pong(the Return)' by Anti Pop Consortium
"My symphonic monopoly philosophy/sloppily etches notes akwardly/a quarter to three/brass amp with a gas lamp/white wig slang Wolfgang/English chamber orchestrating a deadly banger/cliffhanger"
Take a moment to ponder these words....What the hell is this supposed to mean? You seriously could not make this s**t up - it is truly beyond parody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible... May 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
But Great. This is the first CD I had heard by Sage Francis, and my first intelligent hip hop album. This is the artist that got me into this genre, and I have never found another emcee that matches Sage's talent. His lyrics are beyond explanation(i.e amazing). After multiple listens the stories and meanings of the songs come together and make sense to the listener. First listen, maybe only a few tracks will stand out, but after owning this album for almost a year, I can't just listen to a few tracks. I would suggest this to any hip hop fan, whether you're into intelligent hip hop or gangsta rap, this CD is really a must own for every collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal and amazing Feb. 27 2004
By N3R0
Format:Audio CD
With mostly haunting production backing up a powerful poet/rapper, sage francis' debut is nothing short of amazing, the only misstep on this album is "eviction notice"...with metaphoric depth, a wide range of subject matter (from self mutilation to the anti-christ) sage is on his way to blowing up like hiroshima...
but other than that...you just have to buy it and listen to it for yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very light Feb. 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sage francis is undeniably amazingly talented, I first heard him on the Orphanage freestyle, and he came very strong. On this cd, however, the ability is there, but not the edge. If you're a fan of the more glitchy, def-jux school of rap, then maybe this is not for you, but still a very worthy album.
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