Depart From Me

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  • Summary: The third album for the New York rapper features production by El-P, Aesop Rock, and F. Sean Martin.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Confident non-jumpers shouldn't be concerned that this disc weeps with you're-always-dying-inside woe-is-my-love-life misery.
  2. The lion's share of Cage's fans will see this newly found exposure as Chris Palko taking steps towards getting his story out to a wider audience with this personal and quite exceptional release.
  3. He’s spent his Definitive Jux career transforming his pain into messy, impressionistic tragedy. The result isn’t just more satisfying, it’s often funnier, too.
  4. Rabid fans won't mind much; just make sure you're sold on Hell's Winter before taking this bumpier ride through Cage's inner turmoil.
  5. Production by El-P, Aesop Rock and F. Sean Martin gives this album that trademark Def Jux feel, but the rock-driven direction of a few tracks may be a deal-breaker for fans of Cage’s earlier sound.
  6. The best stuff here shows Cage taking what he’s learned and moving out into the world at large to figure it out in all its alienating weirdness. But the rest of the album has him revisiting roads already traveled, holding back from truly stepping out.
  7. Rarely will one find a detractor when it comes to Cage’s sheer talent, but--thanks to sterile production and the replacement of hip-hop beats with rap-rock thrashings (“Beat Kids”) and corny, overdramatized hooks (“Captain Bumout”)--Depart From Me demonstrates an immaturity that will render Cage’s career difficult to reconcile.

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  1. GreggJ
    Jul 11, 2009
    10
    Honestly I feel like this is one of the best CD's I've ever heard, I feel like the pitchfork guy has a deep hate for anything white Honestly I feel like this is one of the best CD's I've ever heard, I feel like the pitchfork guy has a deep hate for anything white rapper related. Expand
  2. ChrisG
    Jul 10, 2009
    10
    So different and perfect. Best album in a while buy it!
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    6
    Not a bad album but its really different from what Cage has previously done and it doesnt really work out for most of the album. While a fewNot a bad album but its really different from what Cage has previously done and it doesnt really work out for most of the album. While a few tracks are enjoyabled, It doesnt really work for Cage. Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2012
    6
    A dark album like Cage's other work. However, Depart From Me is a much more flawed and experimental addition to Cage's discography than Hell'sA dark album like Cage's other work. However, Depart From Me is a much more flawed and experimental addition to Cage's discography than Hell's Winter. It feels pathetic at certain point. Like the track "Fat Guys Need An Anthem." Yet on other tracks, he does the Rap Rock genre really well. The album is definitely worth a listen because of how different it is, but Chris Palko's occasional moments of self-pity depart the record from being great. Expand