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  • Summary: The underground rapper/poet returns with his second album for Epitaph, joined by guests Buck 65, Jolie Holland and Mark Isham.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. He rhymes like a champ. [Jun 2007, p.160]
  2. 82
    You can call it emo or you can call it hip-hop, but you have to call it some kind of wonderful. [#25, p.94]
  3. The weird, nuanced Rhode Island-based MC burns his references, punchlines and cold truths through a batch of X-acto-sharp beats, focusing his strong opinions, sense of imagery and lyrical abstraction inward.
  4. He's still one of the most enjoyable lyricists in hip-hop, and he successfully communicates what he's feeling in a dark and enlightening fashion.
  5. Much of "Human the Death Dance" goes for something deeper—the sound of an artist afraid of what he almost became. [12 May 2007]
  6. As a primer, a first Sage Francis purchase, it’s fine; in light of his previous achievements, less so.
  7. 50
    He falls into mawkishness far too often. [Jun 2007, p.93]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 14, 2007
    10
    great album by Sage. No one does it better than him!
  2. JamieA
    May 8, 2007
    9
    Freakin amazing..ingenious some of the most intelligent writing since Roger Waters.
  3. RichardH
    May 10, 2007
    8
    A solid effort. It's not quite up to the level set by Journals and Distrust, but it's another solid notch on his ever growing belt. A solid effort. It's not quite up to the level set by Journals and Distrust, but it's another solid notch on his ever growing belt. It's a more understated and cerebral listen. It's not the sound of a fiery political statement or the bittersweet angst of a broken family. But it is the sound of a growing master sharpening his blade. Jolie Holland really shines in her brief appearances. Expand
  4. Bill
    Jul 31, 2007
    6
    This is a pretty decent album by Sage, but he has lost all the fun in his music. Instead of being a hip-hop artist with an alternative bent, This is a pretty decent album by Sage, but he has lost all the fun in his music. Instead of being a hip-hop artist with an alternative bent, he approaches the music like an emo artist trying to rap. For better HIP HOP albums, check out his indie releases like the "Sick of..." series or "Hope" by Non-Prophets. Bring back some of the clever fun, Sage! Expand
  5. KennyM.
    Aug 1, 2007
    3
    horrid. the prduction is absolutely horrible, not to mention the messy delivery by sage as he stumbles over cheap metaphors and cloudy horrid. the prduction is absolutely horrible, not to mention the messy delivery by sage as he stumbles over cheap metaphors and cloudy imagery. I gave this album a three because there are only about that number that i can even stand to listen to. sage francis is a cheap imitator of other mc's like aesop rock and el-p who are LEGIONS above him. sage francis is a hack. Expand