Printz - Bumblebeez 81
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  • Summary: This U.S. debut disc for the genre-mashing Australian brother-sister duo of Chris and Vila Colonna (who appended the "81" to their name to avoid conflicts with a similarly-named children's music band) combines tracks from their EP "White Printz" and their UK single "Red Printz."
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Simple, straightforward rhymes over fuzzed-out, good-time beats, mixed with acoustic guitar, Casio keyboards and handclaps. [#7]
  2. A directionless mess that never makes an obvious commercial ploy, never reveals any new ideas and never implies any forethought or central intelligence, yet somehow demands attention throughout, revealing new layers and engaging moments with every listen.
  3. Frenetic, wondrous and all over the map, the album sometimes demonstrates an excessive fondness for vocal distortion. But as a whole, "The Printz" is aural collage at its finest.
  4. Compiling the best tracks from each of their previous releases to make one solid EP would've been a better introduction to the band than The Printz is.
  5. 60
    The group aims for a mix of artistry and cred, a la N.E.R.D. or the Beastie Boys, but their music is rarely as catchy. [Aug 2004, p.130]
  6. Bumblebeez brings loose, frenetic energy to a mash-up of likely and unlikely sources.
  7. They lard The Printz with rote Aggressive Rock Radio fodder. [Jul 2004, p.148]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. WhiteLine
    Jun 16, 2004
    A brilliant international debut that does justice to the pristine mayhem of the Aussie EP's. The two singles, Pony Ride and Come Ova, are genre defying, twisted visulisations that exist in the warped mind of Chrils Colonna. These snapshots of psychodrama are splashed throughout the beats that accompany the "freshest MC in the land"(Pink Fairy Floss), Villa Colonna. The whole thing wreaks of the lunacy that the Bumblebeez 81 bring to their live shows. Expand
  2. MessyFlesh
    Jul 15, 2004
    Street grim b-boy punk. Think beasties from down under meets sonic youth.