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  • Summary: This is the solo debut for the veteran turntablist / DJ / producer, formerly of Jurassic 5.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Each of the dozen tracks on his debut is a fully realized vignette that makes a particular locale startlingly vivid. [Sep 2006, p.230]
  2. Strap on some headphones and enjoy the ride.
  3. It might be too early to call Cut Chemist's "The Audience's Listening" a masterpiece in 2006, let alone in the pantheon of all-time great turntablist albums like "Wave Twisters," but Cut Chemist defintely proves here that branching out from Jurassic 5 to pursue a solo career was anything but a mistake.
  4. If Cut Chemist can recreate the effortless fusion of the album's second half, perhaps someday he can make an album worth listening to from beginning to end.
  5. Cut Chemist makes frisky, gleeful funk that touches on Brazilian samba, surf rock, and even polka, without losing the beat. [21 Jul 2006, p.70]
  6. 70
    Chemist eschews masturbatory scratch showcases in favour of artfully constructed, utterly oddball 'songs'. [Aug 2006, p.103]
  7. The Audience's Listening is kinda like a Fatboy Slim B-sides collection circa 1998 without the catchy bits.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. TLR
    Jul 18, 2006
    10
    This album is great because it is a lot more inviting than most DJ albums. The DJ as outsider or the DJ as host to innumerable MC's has worn the path. This is refreshing in that it has a place for the listener to give as wel as receive. Good job!!! Expand
  2. JasonT
    Jul 18, 2006
    10
    Cut Chemist demonstrates to perfection the way turntablism should be done - and you can dance to it, or drive to it, clean your house, etc. This is a fun and fantastic cd. Expand
  3. DavidN
    Aug 25, 2006
    9
    Very enjoyable, reminds me in parts of Kid Koala's "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" (which is no bad thing) and the tracks that feature emcees demonstrate that he was right to cut his ties with J5 (Their disappointing new album shows how much he's missed) in that he's able to get away from the old skool vibe that J5 favoured. My highlights are The Garden (obviously), What's The Altitude? and Spoon. Highly recommended. Expand
  4. LawrenceP
    Aug 15, 2006
    8
    A real fun and exciting ride that will put a smile on your face. Fav track is the funky "A Peak In Time." This is more worthwhile your money than the latest J5 release. If you like older RJD2 or newer DJ SHADOW, pick this one up...it will hit the spot. Expand