- Summary: This is the posthumous album for the rapper from Columbus, Ohio, who passed away from lung cancer in 2008.
- Record Label: Definitive Jux
- Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap
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It was obvious the writing for this album was at its earlier stages when Camu passed away, but the production does a very good job of making up for the low quality of the vocals. Fortunately, Camu's fantastic voice still breaks through. I love distorted, uneven recordings, but fans of cleaner audio work may be put off by the album's overall quality.
True, Camu Tao hadn't mastered the art of songwriting: verses and choruses abound, whereas bridges are conspicuously absent. But even half-built tracks like "Bird Flu" and "Intervention" are proof that he could create engaging and catchy hooks alongside vocals that matched his new palette without diluting the hip-hop aesthetic. Such songs are tantalizing examples of unrealized potential--a sad indication of what could have been.
When he recorded King of Hearts, Camu Tao knew he was dying of lung cancer. His solo debut feels urgent and incomplete. It's a collection of electro-rap songs with barely any rap verses. The songs are brief meditations on death and love and arguments, but as dark as this music can sound, it's never bleak.
I fully respect his artistic and creative choices and his right to be his own man and not be defined by his years as a seminal underground rapper. I respect his choices, but I still pine for a Camu Tao we don't hear on this album and that we won't hear ever again. In the end I feel that his potential still went untapped.
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|No Mythologies to Follow - MØ|
|Surgical Steel - Carcass|
|St. Vincent - St. Vincent|
|Present Tense - Wild Beasts|
|Bikini Daze [EP] - MØ|
|Sun Structures - Temples|
|Blue Film - Lo-Fang|
|Reflektor - Arcade Fire|
|Melophobia - Cage the Elephant|
|Fortress - Alter Bridge|
|The Bones of What You Believe - Chvrches|
|Psychic - Darkside|
|Rival Dealer [EP] - Burial|
|No Love Deep Web - Death Grips|
|Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs - Elvis Costello & the Roots|
|Wishbone - Oh Land|
|Fuzz - Fuzz|
|In the Silence - Ásgeir|
|Peroxide - Nina Nesbitt|