The Colossus

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length album for the producer-DJ better known to the general public as the creator of the "Mad Men" theme (an edited version of his instrumental track "A Beautiful Mine.").
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Filter
    Krohn's the real deal, in a world full of one-dimensional derivatives. [Holiday 2009, p.100]
  2. The Colossus finds Rjd2 back to doing what he did when he first began recording: simply curating excellent productions instead of wooing a new audience by creating expressly written songs or telling a story with his full-lengths.
  3. 80
    Unlike 2007's self-indulgent The Third Hand, here he wisely picks his spots, chirping a few modest ditties. Four albums deep, he's found his comfort zone.
  4. The Colossus, as its name implies, strives for scale, but also strains a bit under a heavy burden. While Rjd2 excels at sonic collages, the mixed motives on this album--a current spin on past techniques, a synthesis of old songs and a turn toward the future--are difficult to balance.
  5. Wisely, he doesn’t sing this time around, leaving that to Kenna and Phonte of Little Brother. But the tracks with guest vocals never really take off either, reinforcing the producer’s weakness as a songwriter.
  6. It all sounds very much expected, and very much the same. Which wouldn’t be so bad if that didn’t mean putting himself in the same crowd as so many corporatized, for-sale-at-the-mall acts.
  7. Frustratingly, there are whiffs of worthwhile beats buried among the blandness.

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