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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. Cex played with Mogwai last year, and the experience seems to have had a profound effect on him. The best moments of the late nineties Scottish post-rock explosion seem apparent here, and there are even hints at prime Arab Strap, which is of course quite brilliant.
  3. Cex's production style favors an air of deep melancholy and foreboding, similar to the style of the Anticon Collective.
  4. An odd, compelling hybrid of snappy drum loops, digital atmospherics and indie-rock woodshedding.
  5. An ambitious, sometimes awkward mish-mash of soul-baring, ego-blaring, and everything in-between.
  6. 70
    He orchestrates IDM glitch, acoustic guitars, strings, hip-hop beats, witty rhymes and emo candor with casual, genre-blending assurance. [#17, p.133]
  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
    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