Anti-Pop Consortium Vs. Matthew Shipp Image
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  • Summary: Thirsty Ear's Blue Series continues with the unlikely pairing of avant-garde jazz pianist (and Blue Series curator) Matthew Shipp with the experimental New York hip-hop outfit Anti-Pop Consortium. This is also the very last album to be released by APC, who have officially disbanded.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The loose song structures will lose less dedicated listeners, but those seeking hip-hop on a higher level need look no further. [7 Mar 2003, p.73]
  2. 80
    Surprisingly much more accessible than the idea first sounds. [May 2003, p.106]
  3. Drawing notions of rhythm, tonality and structure akin to the work of avant-garde greats Roscoe Mitchell, Sun Ra and Kool Keith, Antipop vs. Matthew Shipp is an inventive, spaced-out fusion of classical free jazz and futuristic electro hip-hop.
  4. While this is a step forward for Shipp, for APC, it's a side-step from their gleamingly tricked-out, beat-tweaked and freaky Arrhythmia.
  5. For the most part, words and music are woven together in interesting and convincing ways.
  6. 70
    The end product falls short of being synergistic. Neither contender in this sonic duel really lets loose; both Shipp and Anti-Pop Consortium seem too passive and deferential toward each other.
  7. Overall you sense that the full potential of the encounter is not being realised. [#230, p.61]

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. nicolem
    Jun 19, 2003
    9
    kick ass
  2. mungrorahnimsintoofu
    Mar 10, 2003
    0
    utter excrement. if you desire boredom and outright shitty instrumentation, then this is the album for you.

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