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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea - Domestic
  • ASIN: B0049UHLFE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Superstars Don't Love
2. Gee Whiz - with Nick Thorburn
3. Whispers Of The Waves - with Gord Downie
4. Paper Airplane - with Jenn Grant
5. Stop - with Hannah Georgas
6. Zombie Delight
7. Tears of Your Heart - with Olivia Ruiz
8. Cold Steel Drum - with Jenn Grant
9. Smalltown Boy - with Gentleman Reg
10. She Said Yes
11. BCC - with John Southworth
12. Lights Out
13. Final Approach - with Marie-Pierre Arthur

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Buck 65 from Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia - population 3,500 - combines elements of hip-hop, blues, roots, rock, country and folk music to become one of the most enduring artists on the international hip-hop scene. His 'career in a nutshell' doesn't exactly read like the how-to handbook for elementary hip-hop artists. Not surprising, really, given that for the last 20 years he has built a reputation on breaking the mould. Throughout his career, this small-town Canadian emcee and turntablist has pushed all sorts of boundaries on his way to create a sound that is truly Buck 65. While many of his cotemporaries faded away, Buck 65's avant-garde approach kept him at the edge of the music scene, and won him countless dedicated fans around the world. Buck 65's 20- year career alone is testament to how much appeal his music has. Throw in 3 Juno award wins and 5 nominations, and live collaborations with artists like PJ Harvey and Moby, and you've got the portrait of an artist who is clearly as respected by his contemporaries as he is loved by his audiences.

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I am a huge fan of Buck 65, and i have been for years, this is one of the greatest albums that he has released so far, all of the songs are super catchy, and incredibly awesome. Buck 65 is an incredibly talented musician, and it is really sad that he is not as big of a star as he should be. This album has a more mainstream sound to it, and i can see this being his breakout album.
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Where to begin?


I listen to it over and over and still can't get enough...

20 ODD YEARS is a compilation of BUCK 65 and other amazing Canadian talent.

Just buy it for yourself and thank me later... :)
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Exactly what I wanted, delivered surprisingly quickly. Thank you!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1c3d4bc) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
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HASH(0xa1dbe45c) out of 5 stars Ah come on! These kill Secret House & Talkin Honkey Blues haha ;-) Nov. 20 2012
By SA - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a huge Buck fan for a loooong time now, Always have a copy of Vertex, Man Overboard, Weirdo Magnet, Syntheasia and Sebutones 50/50 with me (in one version or another haha given there are atleast 3 with different or missing/cut tracks depending on if your listening to the WEA re-release, metaforensics, four ways to rock or if were talkin vertex - the double cassette is my favorite, so old school in an epic way and two times the tracks) - my only complaint is that now that they've re-released most of his albums, Why not Sebutones - 50/50 Where It Counts? Thats one of the greatest albums of all time from any area of the world, let alone Canada imo and the only trouble is I have to go crazy messing with the EQ bass and treble in the car to get it to sound beautiful and really bring that albums full potential out (you gotta boost bass while its low volume to where it booms nicely but not muddly and then bring it up to ear volume tweak the bass and then blast it and do the high end (treble) boost it till they sound on top more and pristine but not so much that it drowns out the instruments or drums/bass and if you boost the high end too much the plosives (S's, B's, P's T's - the real forceful syllables/sounds that require a pop filter to catch them (and a good de-esser most times haha) but it's do able - THE REAL thing the urks me - is I have to change the settings from track to track for it to be perfect. Almost wanna open a mastering program and do it my damned self in Reaper hahah (I just may for my own listening pleasure) and I CANT be the only one that thinks Psirosis really really badly needs to be remastered - so much tape hiss - my eq tweaking in the car can't do anything for that - need like a low end (high end? lol not the greatest mixer/master just understand the concepts and use my ears) roll off for that.

But I'm off track 20 Odd Years is Bucks return to greatness - it's like DirtBike in that you see all sides of buck at his best (but unlike dirtbike it's fantastic quality and it's great from front to back - not to hate on dirtbike 1-3, it's just some stand out more than others - like the collabo with doseone with the awesome beat by Jel)

The artists he works with although Ive heard of none of them are fantastic ESPECAILLY the female singers. Wow - I never thought Id be belting out tunes trying to harmonize in the car like that (haha I'm mostly a rap fan, and a rapper/writer myself) pure beauty. I can't say enough good things about this, only bad thing is I don't own a copy on Wax yet (hahaha)

Okay, Zombie delight was kinda silly - but in a fun way that totally fits buck haha. The only side of Buck I miss is like - Five Dollar Jesus, the Sebutones track on The Ritual of The Molemen and To Kill A Mocking Bird, Stranded, Where Did She Go?, The Unthinkable (work with boom bip again! and goddamn that venitian snare remix is so good), his darker style was so good and no one could do it like him - alot of 50/50 was that style - most of the album with Stigg was that style. We got a little of that on that one song on Dirtbike (that screamed for it to be a sebutones song - sixtoo would've fit right in there like bread and butter) - not titles so Its hard to refrences but hes talking about walking "In a robe with a stick and pig with a bell in it's ear as my companion" - that track is unbelievable and the song about his discography had that vibe (Maniquin Player? I think) - love the bass on that and drums. The song about the mayor was a similar vibe - but more in a gross yet hilarious way Stinkin'Rich/JohnnyRockwell kinda way haha. As an artist myself I totally respect and give him MAJOR props for making DIRTBIKE 1-3 all by himself and working with every style he wanted to - what more could you want and its truly mind blowing that 3 albums this good were made in THREE MONTHS - you truly are a workhorse man; but back to what I wa saying - As a fan and somewhat of an audiophile (you saw my eq tweak comments in the car haha) I REALLY wish after you had mixed these yourself - you given your stems to a mixing and or mastering house - it would've still been completely your work but sound 20 times nicer. Or done more Mastering work yourself, either or. But ah well I like the old rugged cassette stuff too so why am I complaining hahaha - your one of the Greatest Story Tellers of All Time in my book Rich. I can't wait for the novel your workin' on. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to the genius that is Mr. Tefry - I suggest you check out a bit from all his different eras to see how far he truly has come, and you will at the very least have an immense respect (rightfully so) for this fantastic artist. 20 Odd Years is another gemstone in a pile of diamonds as far as I'm concerned. I can't wait for more Buck - but while he's writing the book (not to mention getting or is married now) I'm sure he's busy - gettin' his Johnny Rock Well on - HAH (semi-sarcstic) see what I did there? (sorry buck and everyone - I had to hahaa)

Whole album is great and cohesive (despite originaly being 4 separate volumes of vinyl limted releases leading up to the full length) but some of my favorite are Superstars Don't Love - he just kicks ass on this, nothin' deep - just rips it to shreds - showin' off his DJ skills (which are somewhat under utilized these days - whats up with lettin' other DJs doin' your intros man! I thought that was your thing haha not that they didn't do a great job - the 65 6 6 6 6 SiiixtyFive has become a staple of the intro to a buck 65 album and I get a HUGE smile one my face every single time I hear a new take on it.

PaperAir Planes - Rich and Jenn a goddamned grammy (OR SOMETHING) for this, my god(s). I never EVER imagined Buck could make something this beautiful. I cry most of the time I hear this song - no lie and It's hard to make me weep. It's that beautiful and I can totally relate in so many different ways. Buck's music has touched my soul many times - he is so much more than "The Centaur" - I wish people would forget that song (not that it's bad, but lets be honest - it is played out and old now, and the rest of the album really overshadows that track IMHO). The Centaur almost does a disservice to the myriad of styles this man has and is able to rock/kick on the spot. One of the true great artists alive today.
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HASH(0xa1dbe8c4) out of 5 stars Buck's Star-Studded New Record April 4 2011
By Gregory William Locke - Published on Amazon.com
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He's one of the biggest hip-hop artists to ever come from Canada. He's toured with Radiohead, who once asked him to replace producer Nigel Godrich for what became their Hail to the Thief sessions. He's played pretty much every major venue in the world (his claim) and he's considered to be a legend by many in the American avant garde hip-hop scene. His entire back catalog was bought up and reissued by WEA just as many of your favorite big-name artists were getting dropped. He's responsible for my personal all-time favorite hip-hop record (Vertex) and he was once touted as "The Next White Stripes" (despite sounding nothing like The White Stripes). He is Buck 65 and, despite having a mostly successful 20 years as something of a do-it-all outsider artist, he just can't seem to find a whole lot of success in the U.S. market. Because of this, I haven't been able to find his latest record, 20 Odd Years, released last summer, at any U.S. stores. Why not? Well, because his album, as it turns out, wasn't even released in the U.S. Not just that, but Odd wasn't even been made available in the U.S. at the time I wrote this review (it did, however, finally get released as a $25 import at the very end of March). This, I don't understand. Sure, he's a weird dude who makes weird music, but not that weird.

Go to Buck's website and typed out right under the title of his new record is a bit of text that reads "the most beautiful hip-hop album ever made." When I interviewed Buck last year he told me something similar, explaining that it was maybe the work that he was most proud of. At that same time he had just finished releasing his Dirtbike trilogy of albums (basically long, continuous mixes of new music) on the Internet for free. (I suppose that somewhat justifies the $25 ticket price of Odd, huh?) Prior to releasing his new record Buck released four EPs on iTunes (basically three or four songs per month, all but two of which songs are included on the new 13-track record). To celebrate his 20 years "in the hip-hop game," Buck collaborated with a handful of his favorite musicians, including Gordon Downie (The Tragically Hip), Nick Thorburn (Islands, The Unicorns), Jenn Grant, Hannah Georgas, Olivia Ruiz and John Southworth - all French or Canadian musicians whom Buck has played shows with over the years. Oddly enough, none of his Anticon, Rhymesayers or Bike For Three collaborators from recent years. Kind of a bummer, really, that he didn't include any of his hip-hop compatriots.

So is 20 Odd Years, an album featuring loads of rock musicians and only one hip-hop musician, really "the most beautiful hip-hop album ever made?" No, of course not, but we all know that Buck was just talking $#!&. Sure, he's proud of his grand new record, but if he really thought it was that good, he'd probably bother to release it in the U.S. right? Regardless, this is easily his best work in some time, even if the collaborations do get in the way of that strange Buck 65 magic. Situation, his last proper record, was supposed to be the one that put him back on the map; produced by popular battle DJ Scratch Bastid and released on Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records (and distributed by WEA), the album offered the straightforward boom-bap sound Buck initially became known for in the late 90s. That didn't work, and so it's not too surprising that he's taking a route more true to himself this time around.

Instead of, say, Language Arts, we get an overly accessible hip-hop record that features a production style that jumps around quite a bit, almost scanning its way through the many sounds Buck has experimented with on past releases. The turntable-heavy "Gee Whiz" is an instant standout, coming off like a even-more-cleanly produced This Right Here-era cut. Featuring Thornburn on minimal guest vocals that play through more like a sample than a collaboration, the track is Buck's best work since the one-two punch of his much loved Dirty Work EP and Strong Arm mixtape back in 2006. "Whispers of the Waves," featuring Canadian legend Downie, is an excellent production featuring tin drum programing, guitar loops and Gord on the hook. It doesn't work too well for me, personally, but it's a solid song that should satisfy Hip fans (and probably tickled the hell out of Buck, too). "Paper Airplane," featuring Grant, is an almost incredible pop song that just happens to feature some rap vocals. A string composition every bit as much as it as a hip-hop production, the song shows Buck's ever-growing understanding of pop composition. And, again, I'm not crazy about the guest vocals, but everything else here is spot on.

If this really was the most beautiful hip-hop album ever made it would probably be, well, more of a hip-hop record. What we end up with is a pop/rap hybrid that doesn't often enough capitalize on Buck's strengths. Yeah, the production is deep and impressively complex at times, but that's been the case with buck since Man Overboard was released over a decade ago. The scratches are amazing and Buck's vocals (if no one else's) are always fantastic. In the end, this is probably Buck's favorite Buck album. This because he got to collaborate with all his heroes and, one would have to guess, make the record that he felt would also appeal to fans of all those folks. To me, a longtime underground hip-hop and Buck 65 fan, it falls somewhere towards the bottom of the Buck 65 catalog, far below Vertex, This Right Here, Man Overboard and Language Arts, nestled somewhere around Secret House Against the World and Situation. An amazingly produced and solid record, but not much of a winner by classic-era Buck standards. If nothing else, download "She Said Yes," "Zombie Night," "Paper Airplane" and "Gee Whiz" and you'll have a solid EP.

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HASH(0xa1dbe96c) out of 5 stars "Secret House Against the World" and "Situation" have a baby and name it "20 Odd Years" Feb. 12 2011
By jacobdubya - Published on Amazon.com
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My original review of this album was based on a single, shallow listen to this album in which I brushed it off as a more pop-oriented effort on the part of Buck 65. However, after taking some time to let it sink in, it has really grown on me and I've really come to view it as another masterpiece on the part of Canada's premier hip hop artist. With 20 Odd Years (named to commemorate his 20 years as a hip hop artist), Buck continues his tradition of incorporating many different genres under the umbrella of "hip hop," but this album sounds like it meets somewhere in the middle of Buck's two previous albums, Secret House Against the World and Situation. While I consider SHATW to be one of Buck's best albums, it is at times very somber and just flat out strange for the casual listener. Situation is Buck's attempt at his own special brand of straight-forward hip hop. 20 Odd Years takes the best elements of both, combining the artsy experimentalism from SHATW with the more upbeat hip hop of Situation.

The opening track "Superstars Don't Love," which appears to be something of an ode to Michael Jackson, would have probably fit right in on Situation and is one of the albums most straight-forward hip hop tracks, along with "Lights Out." Tracks such as "Gee Whiz," "Whispers of the Waves," "Paper Airplanes" and "Who By Fire" (a Leonard Cohen cover) feature Buck's signature blend of country, western, and folk with hip hop. Songs like "Stop," "BCC," and "Final Approach" are amongst some of Buck 65's most pop-oriented tracks. Still, the album features some oddities, like "Zombie Delight," a comical instructional for how to survive a zombie apocalypse driven by a bluesy guitar riff. "Tears of Your Heart" is especially reminiscent of Secret House Against the World with French female-sung vocals accompanied by chamber pop instrumentation and post-punk guitar riffing. "Cold Steel Drum" is an electro-hop piece featuring the vocals of Jenn Grant, and is one of the albums' best songs. "She Said Yes" is another favorite and showcases Buck 65's talent for crafting beautiful, emotionally moving songs, being amongst some of his best of that category.

One of my gripes with the album is the overuse of guest appearances. While a lot of the guest spots are used perfectly (such as on "Cold Steel Drum"), on other tracks Buck seems to be outshined by his collaborator, most notably on "BCC," which seems like a track by John Southworth featuring Buck 65.

All in all, however, the album is very solid and I would consider it up to be high up in the ranks with some of Buck 65's best albums, including Square (my personal favorite album of his) and Secret House Against the World.

My Favorite Songs: She Said Yes, Cold Steel Drum, Zombie Delight, Superstars Don't Love
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By Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
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one of the best albums I have ever bought, worth every penny.

I hardly buy any music what so ever, but I really think buck 65 has put a lot of work into this and deserves nothing less
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HASH(0xa1dbeda4) out of 5 stars Hecks yeah!! Oct. 20 2011
By Skillz - Published on Amazon.com
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Great stuff. I bought it for my husband, because he is a fan... and I ended up putting it on my ipod...been listening to it like everyday.

It's artsy hip-hop with like a retro french twist.