Welcome - James Pants
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Spokane, Washington, artist discovered by Peanut Butter Wolf.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    If you are looking for a good party in your...well, pants, then Pants' new album Welcome is the one for you.
  2. He makes his many sonic guises come to odd, bouncy life. All of which helps make Welcome the kind of album that sounds more whole after it's been put away for a while, then returned to circulation just to see what sticks in the memory.
  3. James Pants may well develop a style or voice of greater substance with future releases. But, as of now, his reliance on his synthesizer aptitude is too repetitive, too flat, and too conventional to convey much meaning or purpose.
  4. The result is impressive genre prowess--especially when he invites Austin unknown Deon Davis (a/k/a Element 7d) to contribute some post-rap boogie on 'Crystal Lite,' or rips off Wham’s 'Everything She Wants' on 'I Choose You'--but Pants might still be flexing prematurely.
  5. He’s much better at showing off his record collection on the well-chilled "Ice Castles," which purports to be a James Pants mix disc.
  6. 60
    Welcome is necessarily all over the place--and that place is pretty damn funky. [July 2008, p.108]
  7. Quirky and clever--even slightly sinister with in the murky darkness of Dragonslayer--rather than pioneering. [June 2008, p.146]

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