A Healthy Distrust - Sage Francis
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  • Summary: The indie MC moves from Anticon to Epitaph for his sophomore release. Will Oldham, Danger Mouse, Alias and Saul Williams guest.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. He doesn't plunder, he interweaves - stuff gets thoroughly snake-charmed into his densely-packed music.
  2. At once stern and playful, wildly scattered and yet sharply honed by the artist's sheer will and reach. [6 Feb 2005]
  3. The rapper's ferocity makes him a good fit for punk label Epitaph. [11 Feb 2005, p.63]
  4. On A Healthy Distrust his delivery has noticeably improved.
  5. 70
    A Healthy Distrust turns his scouring insight upon America's turbulent recent history, the response of a vulnerable, impassioned, imperfect man. [Mar 2005, p.106]
  6. It is uncompromising, brutally honest... and adroit at melding many genres together without losing sight of the fact it is first a hip-hop record.
  7. His weighty messages are duly noted. Unfortunately, they're delivered so acrimoniously that the overwhelming lack of fun in the music makes his albums a chore to listen to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. AlanR
    Feb 9, 2005
    You have to have a mental disability to like 50 Cent and hate this. This is important.
  2. RichardH
    May 15, 2007
    An absolute classic. I can still listen to this disk all the way through without skipping a single track. This disk 'bottles' Sage's stage presence better than any of his other studio efforts. Forget that he's a 'white rapper', his flow is lava and you can't deny it. Expand
  3. DaveS
    Feb 24, 2005
    I don't understand how anyone can honestly sit down and listen to Sage Francis and not recognize this guys dedication and persistance on every project he takes on.Without a doubt one of the most lyrically gifted emcees who would have no problem handing in "chart toppers" ass to him on a platter. Expand
  4. RamsP
    Mar 27, 2005
  5. Mike
    Sep 15, 2005
    Album is great. Exactly what I look for in my music, expression.
  6. Doof
    May 29, 2005
    Amazing lyrics and cool blend of hip-hop and rock. Definitely better than the 76 it got.
  7. rob
    Feb 17, 2005
    sage francis is a massive tool. he needs to stop crying and pretending that he's a rapper. i've met the guy, total wuss and he heckles and says things like, "since i'm the only guy in the room with a record deal...." needs to grow up personally and then maybe he can make another good album. Expand

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