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Situation [Import]

Buck 65 Audio CD
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1. Intro
2. 1957
3. Dang
4. Lipstick
5. Shutter Buggin'
6. Spread 'Em
7. Ho-Boys
8. Way Back When
9. Cop Shades
10. The Beatific
11. Mr. Nobody
12. The Rebel
13. Benz.
14. Heatwave
15. The Outskirts
16. White Bread

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Part poet, part lefty-observationalist, Buck 65 spits rhymes that consistently comment on society’s rights and wrongdoings. His 11th CD--focusing largely on 1957, the year that the Beat Generation was born--is no different in its approach. The horns and background sounds on “Spread ‘Em” reek of Dragnet as Buck growls out a verbal strip search, while the Bettie Page tale (“Lipstick”) finds him singing, “My favorite record’s Rumble by Link Wray,” with the perfectly subtle amount of Wray-style vibrato guitar. In a lot of ways, while Buck and his DJ--the extremely talented Skratch Bastid--are unequivocally rooted in hip-hop, many of the musical styles on Situation come from decades past. “Cop Shades” mixes ‘60s soul with ‘70s horns, while “The Beatific” makes reference to Charlie Parker and the music of ‘80s band the Motels. Like a high-intensity video game, there’s no time to stop, look around, and take in the beauty or ugliness in any Buck 65 song; he fires words with such speed that there is no one ‘hook’ or chorus on the disc that remotely resembles hit-radio material. However, that heady lyrical style has brought him a dedicated fan base and--after 15 years as a recording artist--still renders his music full of interesting and edifying qualities. --Denise Sheppard

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BUCK 65 - "Situation" Jan. 20 2008
By Paul S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Buck 65 is an enigma rolled up in a blanket of eclectic styles. Hailing from Mount Uniacke, this genre-crossing musician received kudos from The New York Times, Spin magazine and Rolling Stone, to name a few, as the hot property in 2005 with his album "This Right Here is Buck 65" but the bottom fell out when the record label he was on went the way of the Dodo bird. What did Richard Terfry (aka-Buck 65) do? He went to Paris (forgive the pun Jimmy Buffett) and met a girl, made music, recorded and toured. This CD is his latest offering of what has been tagged "alternative rap".
To me one of the major things that Buck 65 has in common with K-OS is that you short-change both of them by saying they're Hip Hop artists. They are so much more than that and even though they have roots in that genre, both have transcended the limitations of that music style and have created a genre of music that follows it's own unique and individual path. Case in point? This album is inspired by the cultural happenings in 1957; frisbees, Tang, nuclear testing, China, a serial killer and so much more, all detailed in the CD's second track "1957". The next song "Dang" is dang hot, sounding as if it came from a Quentin Tarantino movie and most people will be familiar with the samples used from The Incredible Bongo Band. Do yourself a favour and check out the awesome video for the song posted on You Tube.
There are 16 tracks here, all killer-no filler. "Lipstick" is as slick as it's namesake,"The Outskirts" is pretty much brilliant,"The Beatific", with its Doors-like keyboards, drips "groovy", and "Shutter Buggin" is almost too hot to handle with its super sexy and risqué subject matter.
You can't pigeonhole a CD like this; all you can do is hope to provide a decent description by using relevant adjectives; groovy, one of a kind, rebel rousing, etc. Buck 65 may very well be the most creatively unique and innovative musician to ever come from Nova Scotia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A kind-of concept record about 1957 being a fulcrum year that supposedly resonates in our own. The concept: meh. (The insight that the times we live in are not completely unprecedented shouldn't blow away anyone, frankly). The record: variable, but hugely entertaining. 'Dang' is a smash hit waiting to happen. (Too bad the music industry will find a way to screw up a sure thing; it always does). If '1957' sinks due to the unhappy parallel with Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire,' the songs about Bettie Page-era porn are great fun, although just a smidgen too close to shooting fish in a barrel for an artist of Buck's talent. There's two songs about cops - the prison-rape ditty 'Spread 'Em' and 'Heatwave' - that trade Buck's usual emotional depth for cinematic titillation, not to say kitsch. A clutch of other songs make for pleasant, if shallow, diversions. In fact, much of this material lacks the emotional punch of his best work, with one exception: the incredible 'The Outskirts,' which is achingly sad, and too short. So I'd say that this is a nice snap back into focus after the mumbo-jumbo of 'Secret House Against the World,' but still some distance from the artistic heights of 'Talkin' Honky Blues.' However, if you're new to Buck and for some reason don't want to buy the latter record (a masterpiece), the sheer entertainment value of this record would make it as good a place as any to ease into the work of one of the most exciting artists in contemporary music.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 25 2008
By Ryan A. Joyce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This whole album is excellent with the exception of "Dang". The only song I don't like. I saw Buck 65 live at the Middle East in November and was much better than i thought he would be. One of the best and most original hip hop albums I've heard in the past few years. Everyone needs to hear this.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work as always June 9 2010
By H. Nguyen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Buck 65 doesn't disappoint. The level of thought and and creativity that he puts into each word and beat is unparalleled. It is always refreshing to hear real artist creating real art. Support real hip-hop.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Situation by Buck 65 Dec 6 2007
By The Captain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Political pundits for years could never imagine that the Canadian dollar would ever come close to be as strong as the American dollar. However, perhaps those political pundits never considered what a Buck 65 from Canada is truly capable of in there analysis.

Although Buck 65 cannot be exchanged for any goods or services, the weight of what a Buck 65 can get you is simply amazing. With Buck 65, you are guaranteed a solidly produced album that both thinks outside of the box musically and pummels the listener, regardless of geographic locale, with an amazingly intense and complete sound.

Richard Terfry is the man better known as Buck 65 and this highly skilled Canadian has crafted himself a niche in a musical scene that perhaps is not one of the first images that comes to mind when thinking of Canada. With a hip hop sound that is highlighted largely thanks to his mastering of quirky electric sounds with paired nicely with his own unique vocal sounds.

Though typically I tend to shy away from albums that might be classified as being "hip-hop", what Buck 65 has been able to create on his most recent album Situation is a musically impressive album that truly demonstrates the genius and skill that Buck 65 puts into the electronic sounds that he calls his own. The album is perhaps a fine fusion of several different genres of music only held together by the common glue that Buck 65 makes the sound truly that of only Buck 65.

The listener is quickly brought into the music of Buck 65 on the first track aptly named Intro . Serving as an intense welcome mat to the rest of the album, this track has some interesting scratches incorporated into the track that almost maintains a sort of background television sound reminiscent to something you would hear in the back of a Cops episode while the police are out front questioning the drunk du jour.

Lipstick mixes some heavy percussive beats to the fast paced rapping vocals of Buck 65. This track is one of the best on the album because the percussive undertones serve almost as the metronome for the rest of the sound on the album.

A flashback to a different era can be heard on the track Cop Shades . If the listener takes a good hard listen to this track and does not notice the resemblance to Cake's music you must not be listening to the right track. This track is uniquely different than the others on the album because it mixes an intermittent slow down of the music to have a solely vocal part added to the track.

The Outskirts has an almost Spanish guitar flair that plays softly in the background while Buck 65 works his musical magic. The soft guitar backing flows smoothly throughout the track while the beats of Buck 65 truly maintains on the front stage of the track. Although the tempo of this track is perhaps a tad softer and slower than some of the other tracks on the album, this variation solidifies that indeed Buck 65 is capable of producing quality sounds based upon almost any genre's backing.

Track listing:

1. Intro
2. 1957
3. Dang
4. Lipstick
5. Shutter Buggin'
6. Spread 'Em
7. Ho-Boys
8. Way Back When
9. Cop Shades
10. The Beatific
11. Mr. Nobody
12. The Rebel
13. Benz.
14. Heatwave
15. The Outskirts
16. White Bread

Though the hip hop culture at times carries a negative connotation along with it, perhaps this album is the means to break down any musical barriers that exist and will prove to listeners that music can still be hip hop and not necessarily hold true the gangster mentality that has tarnished hip hops good name. Thanks to Buck 65 and his album Situation , at least this one listener will consider hip hop music to be something other than the negative.

Buck 65 has produced an amazingly well crafted and uniquely individualistic album that is quite simply a fine production. Situation is an album that is a cut above the rest and is so varied in terms of sound the listener is guaranteed to be impressed by the musical production on the album if nothing else.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back At Ya With Tha Realness Nov. 2 2007
By Thomas Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply amazing. Buck continues to just spit hot fire. Goodbye Aesop Rock "None Shall Pass" and hello Buck 65 "Situation". Thank you for coming back. Buck would rip Aesop into pieces. Underground hip hop needed an album that would take it's genre to the next level. This album did that for me.
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