Russian Roulette

  • Record Label: DECON
  • Release Date: Jul 17, 2012
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Jul 23, 2012
    90
    Although it feels druggy and improvisational at times, the outcome is soberingly great.
  2. Aug 6, 2012
    85
    Perhaps his greatest achievement here lies in the construction, an LP that balances the rappers with the beats into a seamless record.
  3. Sep 5, 2012
    80
    This cohesive piece is still dotted with stand-out moments.
  4. Oct 8, 2012
    70
    Russian Roulette turns out to be less about stepping out from behind the velvet curtain, and more about the magic he can weave from behind it.
  5. The Source
    Aug 22, 2012
    70
    The LA-bred production wizard creates a kaleidoscope of audio experiences that blend together into one-hour long, unconventional gem. [#253, p.91]
  6. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    With verses courtesy of everyone from Schoolboy Q and Action Bronson to Roc Marciano and Danny Brown, Alc continues to wear his hazy influences on his sleeve.
  7. 70
    Despite the big names (he invited a veritable indie hip-hop A-list), Maman's vision shines without overpowering.
  8. Jul 23, 2012
    68
    The level on which Russian Roulette works best is experienced in a stoner's sound-design-obsessed bubble, where each crackle of a record and particular melodic line of a funk, fusion, soundtrack, or novelty sample seems to contain a cavernous importance simply for displacing air with sound.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 1, 2012
    8
    A whirlwind tour through a diverse world of Russian musical samples and related soundbites mixed with banging Alchemist beats. AlchemistA whirlwind tour through a diverse world of Russian musical samples and related soundbites mixed with banging Alchemist beats. Alchemist concocts a fast-changing musical soundscape accompanied by a range of decent rapping performances from various underground contemporaries. The short track lengths and brisk rate at which different samples come and go is a double-edged sword: some of the results are spectacularly good, verging on classic hip hop, and you wish they were given a bit more time to mature and sink in. Other parts are messy and uninteresting, but then you don't have to wait long till you're back onto the good stuff.

    To appreciate this work, it needs to be listened to as a complete album. Preferably several times in a row - and I haven't felt that way about a CD in years. This is not your typical run-of-the-mill hip hop album, and as such, will appeal to listeners looking for something a bit different from whatever else is around at the moment. Refreshingly good work from a talented producer/DJ.
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