Dark Comedy - Open Mike Eagle
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  • Summary: The fourth release for the Chicago rapper features guest appearances from Hannibal Burress and Kool A.D.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    Open Mike Eagle does one better and shows a path forward for hip-hop.
  2. 80
    Set to scratchy, fractured beats and sound-montages, it’s a welcome dose of no-age hip-hop in direct line of descent from De La Soul.
  3. Jun 20, 2014
    Whether it's through casual observation or the to-the-bone identity struggles, Open Mike Eagle's overlap between amusing insights and uncomfortable truths makes for one of the most compelling indie-rap listens of the year so far.
  4. Jun 24, 2014
    Even with its melancholy closing, Dark Comedy is an incredibly fulfilling listen.
  5. Jun 20, 2014
    Eagle’s skill is in being relatable to the listener, approaching issues that could otherwise be interpreted as controversial with a soft-spoken and melodic flow that never comes off as preachy or aggressive.
  6. Jun 20, 2014
    It’s immensely enjoyable, but almost leaves a sense of guilt, because of how light-hearted it makes an attitude bordering on misanthropy seem.
  7. Jul 21, 2014
    As awkwardly beautiful as much of dark Comedy is, it's such a tricky album that it is a difficult to warm to. [Aug 2014, p.62]
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  1. Jul 3, 2014
    Great album. Funny, on-point, and relatable, with enough catchy hooks to be enjoyed on first listen, but enough depth and variety to be enjoyable on the tenth listen. Thirsty Ego Raps and Doug Stamper are particularly great. Expand
  2. Jul 31, 2014
    Very good album. While not as technically capable as other current rappers, Open Mike Eagle is a very thought provoking, relatable rapper. Not only that, he's very funny too. Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) is the funniest track I've heard all year, hands down (especially toward the end). There are some particularly funny lines on this album ("I'm president of the rappers who don't condone date rape"). That being said, there are also some very introspective lines on this album too ("There's mad shootings on the news, unless it's in the Chi, cause blacks and Mexicans can die"). The only thing that sometimes holds this album back are the flat and sharp vocals. To be honest, they're only particularly bad on Qualifiers, which still has some great bars on it. And the closing track, Big Pretty Bridges, is amazing. It's truly a beautiful track, and a fitting way to end the album. Open Mike Eagle really separates himself from the pack on this release, and I'm looking forward to whatever this guy puts out next. Expand