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  • Summary: The experimental, often noisy hip-hop duo (former third member Still has left the group) from New Jersey returns with a follow-up to 2005's 'Absence.'
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  1. There is a contingent of hip-hop fans who have been impatiently waiting at least since Madvillainy for a record rooted in tradition that offers something just a bit more skewed and challenging. Abandoned Language is that album.
  2. Sounds are given room to breathe and interact, room to develop detailed relationships with each other, and therein lies Abandoned Language's most compelling facet.
  3. A hip-hop masterpiece. [#17, p.98]
  4. Dälek’s message is always expressed with eloquence and originality, and four albums in, they remain one of the most engaging, original acts in contemporary music.
  5. The album does what all great art does: guides its audience without giving them concrete answers (or even directions), forcing them to think for themselves instead of blindly following others, and eventually leading them, hopefully, to some kind of greater, albeit more complex, understanding of things.
  6. If Dälek didn't have all this discordant float working for them, they'd be one of the most irritating rap groups in history.
  7. Abandoned Language is film noir compared to the group's previous claustrophobic slapstick, and unfortunately that newfound seriousness isn't such a good thing.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
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  1. SysTooL
    Mar 17, 2007
    8
    Another excellent album by DALEK. This is real hip hop, dark, ambiant and intelligent. You got to have a try.
  2. JosephF
    May 14, 2007
    1
    What kind of band name is Dalek? Someone's been watching too much Dr. Who... Exterminate!!
  3. Nov 5, 2010
    0
    Rap for metal fans. Bland, weak, and drab. If anyone thinks that this artist has talent, I highly suggest doing more research, because thereRap for metal fans. Bland, weak, and drab. If anyone thinks that this artist has talent, I highly suggest doing more research, because there are far better rappers out there. Expand