This Right Here Is Buck 65

  • Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: Jan 25, 2005
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Consistently inventive. [21 Jan 2004, p.89]
  2. Spin
    91
    Welcome to the Dirty North, y'all. [Feb 2005, p.88]
  3. The collection doesn't cohere the way it should, and I still say seek out Talkin' Honky Blues. But wherever you start, he's a major rhymer, performer, storyteller, humanist visionary, and student of the DJ arts.
  4. His appeal isn't just in the wedding of hip-hop to the American folk tradition; other artists from Beck to Timbaland have taken respectable shots into that acoustic barrel. Buck 65 is doing something more ambitious: reading a tradition of American storytelling through hip-hop.
  5. Deft at pulling both heartstrings and party tricks, Buck 65 has peers as an emotive rapper, but he's alone in giving hip-hop such a personal, puzzling spin.
  6. Buck isn't a talented rapper, but he has a gift for expressive storytelling and evokes a range of emotions with his limited, mumbling vocals.
  7. Alternative Press
    80
    Hone[s] his twangy, hip-hop Americana to pitchfork sharpness. [Jan 2005, p.114]
  8. Urb
    80
    While the melding of country with hip-hop might seem dubious, from Buck's perspective, they may as well be symbiotic. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.94]
  9. It's his delivery -- growling, El Camino exhaust-flavored and addictive like old smokes -- that make this crackling debut easy to listen to, if incredibly difficult to file.
  10. Blender
    80
    Buck ingeniously borrows from dub, metal and country to capture his characters' woozy worlds. [Mar 2005, p.137]
  11. Filled with shimmering waves of pedal steel and slide guitar, these spare, gritty reenactments will surely please fans of his 2003 urban-folk platter Talkin' Honky Blues.... Underground hip-hop enthusiasts, however, might be put off by Buck's near-complete disregard for the rippling, sample-laden funk of his youth.
  12. The new versions aren’t bad, but the Vertex-era fan might quickly become the unwitting recipient of a $20 coaster.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. GraceE.
    Jul 7, 2007
    10
    this is really a "best of" his recent work album, definitely see him live if you have the chance, there's just something about the way this is really a "best of" his recent work album, definitely see him live if you have the chance, there's just something about the way he moves and tells stories that really wins your heart. Full Review »
  2. MariusD
    Jun 14, 2006
    10
    Stuff of legends. "cries a girl" and "out of focus" lyrics are spectacular. wud love to meet the man. Haven't been able to stop listening to it!
  3. JamesA
    Jan 29, 2006
    10
    amazing