Ten - cLOUDDEAD
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  • Summary: This is the second group album (as cLOUDDEAD) for three of the founders of the indie hip-hop collective anticon: Why?, Doseone and Odd Nosdam.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
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  1. The mesmerizing quality they create through drone beats and varied vocals engage the listener in a whirlwind of noise, and it rarely ever lets up.
  2. Truly unlike anything else you'll hear this year, hip-hop or otherwise.
  3. A thoroughly engaging exercise in uneasy listening.
  4. Ten is half as long as the band's debut and much more focused; each performer shows improved range and sharper talents. And yet, it's still a mixed bag.
  5. As rap, this hardly registers. As political commentary, it’s too obtuse to make much impact. But as eclectic, genre-bending music with an ear for interesting sounds and a knack for making ambiguous lyrics memorable, cLOUDDEAD’s second effort is uniquely promising and satisfying.
  6. Some of cLOUDEAD's lyrics are too precious and oblique not to shrug off, but the good ones rub rich images from their absurdist couplings. [24 Mar 2004]
  7. They've sadly cranked up the wackiness. [Apr 2004, p.108]

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  1. bozzobob
    Sep 28, 2005
    10
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  2. holliehorror
    Jan 28, 2005
    10
    This is such an amazing cd! The album is a book for my ears.
  3. JeffM.
    Jul 27, 2005
    10
    re-Joyce my ears! This album reminds me of all those strange noises you make as a kid, trying harmonies and variations to create a moment that happens and dies forever in your back yard. (Other people did that, right?) This work -all of cLOUDDEAD's work- uses thoughts as the palette, and (some would argue) hip-hop as the medium. I prefer not to stuff this in a genre, I think the pressure of that, the expectations of that could be what caused cLOUDDEAD to end. "Our Name" is a shameless, somewhat veiled statement of "screw off, we're done then." I often wonder why... but I hear it was to save their friendship, not being pushed over the edge by fans/pans/critics. Either way, this album made me even more sad they're gone. It's top notch. Expand
  4. DonW
    Apr 13, 2004
    9
    I'm really at a loss for the critical indifference/ dismissal of this record that I see so many places. It IS a fun record. I like it. My friends like it. Do I know what any of the songs are about? Does that matter? It's a disjointed, fragmented sound collage with some nice pop hooks that is, at worst, a little too self-referential and goofy. It's really good, though. Collapse
  5. johnnyf
    Mar 20, 2004
    8
    "Ten" feels more like a continuation of cLOUDEAD's first selftitled album. It does have a much different, more refined approach, however. For those expecting more 'song-within-a-song' tracks consisting of quick vocal interplay between Dose and Why, the listener might be dissappointed. But their new approach is one that quickly grows on the listener. This could be through the combination of brilliant production, ethereal lyrics, and tricky wordplay. Although it is a new style, 'Ten' is one of early 2004's finest releases. Any fan of the Anticon collective will find this release as engaging as any previous Anticon recordings. Expand