Personal Journals Explicit Lyrics
|1. Crack Pipes|
|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|
|14. Kill ya' Momz|
|15. Black Sweatshirt|
|16. Cup of Tea|
|17. My Name Is Strange|
Top Customer Reviews
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:
"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.Read more ›
big ups to my man javid for showing me the light of Sage Francis.
every track sage throws at you is more than you can take, cuz the next time you hear it, you're gonna hear something you didn't hear before. and it'll happen every time. each layer is tucked away, deep inside another, you'll never get past the lyrics on this album. there's always gonna be a new take on his words. i dig it.
and, this being a review, i ought to mention that i personally am not at all one to listen to hip hop. but i was exposed to atmosphere a while back, and i've been venturing into similar bands since. so even if you happened on this review, don't know why you're here, and don't care for hip hop, i suggest you still listen to this CD. it'll probably make you realise that there is much more to music than just what you're used to.
the only dissapointment is the exclussion of Makeshift Patriot. probably the song that attracted most of his newer fans. but it is a politically charged song and doesn't belong on this album.
i recommend this to anyone who wants to see the amazing potential hip hop has as an artistic outlet. something that goes beyond dis tracks, battles, and self endoresment.
if you want a party mix go somewhere else.
Most recent customer reviews
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.Published on July 14 2004 by Hasafienda
The raps are very good Funny are serious wise.Everything seems to fit on this album a very solid release from Mr. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Chris
Absurd long-words perform surgical intrusions,
Impeding the brain with cranial confusions,
Convoluted metaphors create pompous delusions,
Leaving cyberpseuds with... Read more
To paraphrase Mark Pytlik, who expresses himself far more eloquently than me on the matter (see allmusic. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
But Great. This is the first CD I had heard by Sage Francis, and my first intelligent hip hop album. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
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"... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by N3R0
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Eric Auner
this is an over-all very nice cd. sage really brings it on this cd. i wasnt totally feeling all the beats, though..some of the production seemed a little inconsistent.. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by Sam Roberts
This has to be the worst album I've heared in a long time! It sounds like it was produced on a two dollar budget!Published on Dec 31 2003 by jordan