Li(f)e - Sage Francis
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio album for the rapper from Rhode Island features songs co-written with such artists as Tim Fite, Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, Califone’s Tim Rutili, Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous.
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    While his past two Anti-/Epitaph releases showed a heavy punk influence, Li(f)e is a groundbreaking amalgamation of folk, indie rock and hip hop.
  2. Although Francis has described himself as a "low-confidence engine" since early in his career, the rapper has produced a strong and instantly relatable album with Li(f)e.
  3. Most of his fans will chose to follow, while first time listeners may find it hard to relate. I promise you there's no bitter aftertaste if you give it a chance - in the end you may find it surprisingly sweet.
  4. The end result is a new soundtrack for the same old song and dance: Sage still ekes out a chuckle-inducing rhyme here and there, but it’s nothing he hasn’t done before.
  5. If every track on the album had the unforced lyrical clarity of "Little Houdini", Sage could have the album of his life on his hands here. But Sage is still the type of guy to name an album Li(f)e and a song "Polterzeitgeist", and the album comes packed with yeesh-inducing lines
  6. His fourth album finds him backed by a band for the first time, and collaborating with songwriters. The result sit somwhere between Buck 65 and Everlast, alebeit more erudite lyrically. [July 2010]
  7. Splashed with the marks of two styles veritably at odds with each other, Li(f)e is a messy example of creative head-butting resulting in a conflicted whimper of an album.

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