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  • Summary: 21-year old Rjyan Kidwell seems to have all the bases covered on his latest full-length, which might be considered your typical glitchtronica-indie-folk-hip-hop-emo-electro-party jam, if it weren't for the fact that there is absolutely nothing typical about it at all.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Frankly, the guy defies you not to be impressed by what he's got. [#234, p.53]
  2. 80
    The camp is still there, only now there's a newfound confidence (not to mention skill level) that make this one a winner. [Aug 2003, p.90]
  3. Cex's production style favors an air of deep melancholy and foreboding, similar to the style of the Anticon Collective.
  4. Musically, it’s far and away ahead of most hip-hop artists, and lyrically, it’s a clever approach that goes beyond the heart-on-your-sleeve indie-rock lyricsheet.
  5. 70
    He orchestrates IDM glitch, acoustic guitars, strings, hip-hop beats, witty rhymes and emo candor with casual, genre-blending assurance. [#17, p.133]
  6. An odd, compelling hybrid of snappy drum loops, digital atmospherics and indie-rock woodshedding.
  7. 60
    Cex moves slightly away from his former snot and swagger towards more humble inflection. [Jun 2003, p.108]

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  1. RickyV
    Jun 7, 2003
    9
    Great album. Kidwell shows a lot of promise for his career. Tracks like "The Marriage" and "Stamina" help prove why his IDM background give Great album. Kidwell shows a lot of promise for his career. Tracks like "The Marriage" and "Stamina" help prove why his IDM background give him a solid base for hip-hop. Expand