Fear Of A Black Tangent Image

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  • Summary: 'Fear' is the second solo disc for the unique Los Angeles-based MC (born Regan Farquhar), who is backed here by beats from Daedelus, Danger Mouse, and others.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sonically, Fear Of A Black Tangent represents a massive leap forward for Busdriver.
  2. 83
    The rapper's inborn goofiness just gives his words more bite. [Mar 2005, p.85]
  3. His delivery is exhilarating, but it made me nervous, jittery. It’s kind of like Miles Davis scatting, but instead of a trumpet he’s playing the entire writing staff of The Simpsons.
  4. Busdriver is either an emcee from the future or the future of the emcee.
  5. He typically sounds like David Allan Grier with amyl nitrate in the air. Our man raps in an "ohmygawd this is sooo ridiculous" tone that can make you either think he is a jackass or a jester. My instincts say it's the latter.
  6. The album is one of the few anti-industry freakouts that have appealed to me on both a conceptual and musical level, so whether or not you are familiar with Busdriver’s skittering flow or innovative song structure, it’s worth the time to see why he’s so damn mad after all.
  7. The negativity removes the focus from Busdriver's sizable musical talents and rests it squarely on his lyricism and themes (not a good idea).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2