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  • Summary: Underground producer Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73) offers his second LP for Warp, which mixes experimental glitchtronica with more accessible hip-hop elements (including vocals on a few tracks provided by guests such as Mr. Lif).
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. 100
    There's nothing Herren can't and won't do on this record.
  2. This record is a wonderful accomplishment – instead of relying on tricks and methods explored on earlier records, Herren expands via reflection, tracing sounds back to their roots in hopes of finding a new path.
  3. 90
    An endlessly fascinating maze of sound.... This decade's Endtroducing..., possibly. [Jun 2003, p.98]
  4. Sounds like a malfunctioning iPod loaded with The Neptunes, Aphex Twin circa Windowlicker and The Last Poets--only with all the fragments miraculously falling in just the right places. [Jun 2003, p.104]
  5. One Word Extinguisher opens and closes with a batch of great songs, but gets a bit soggy in the middle, treading similar ground several times over again and tossing out tracks that feel too similar to what we've already heard from him.
  6. 80
    The season's most deliriously funky beats. [Jun 2003, p.113]
  7. Original, brilliant and so avant-garde that less than one percent of the population will be able to sit through it. [Jun 2003, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. Lee
    Feb 10, 2006
    illest cd of his ive heard. He is the master of error and distortion on any moog.
  2. BryanB
    Jul 9, 2004
    This album has some of the most amazing beats I have ever heard.
  3. MattM
    Aug 9, 2003
    Variegated and temperamental, this album never lets me down but doesn't fill me with a feeling of satisfaction that I really need to rate it a 10. That said, it's a damn fine 9 at least, with most of the individual tracks shining and keeping (against all odds) a coherent feel to the album. Gets better on repeated listens, and well worth $14. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to the music so I can groove some more. Expand
  4. redr
    May 31, 2003
    best album so far this year. see also: Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
  5. mario
    Mar 2, 2005
    i m sure that it could be better as anything else but you can hear a bit of the future on this release i think and for me just for this it become better than many others Expand
  6. matta
    Jul 11, 2005
    Totally solid all the way throughout. Just wish there was some guest appearances because the tracks with vocals are all good.
  7. LawrenceP
    May 17, 2004
    It's funny that a eletro-hip-hop LP can have as much soul as a Otis Redding record.

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