- Record Label: Sub Pop Records
- Release Date: Sep 9, 2016
- Summary: The second full-length studio release for the experimental hip-hop trio from Los Angeles is a concept album about "the sole survivor of a slave uprising on an interstellar cargo ship, and the onboard computer that falls in love with him."
- Record Label: Sub Pop Records
- Genre(s): Rap
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Positive: 9 out of 11
Mixed: 2 out of 11
Negative: 0 out of 11
Sep 7, 2016Devastating yet optimistic, Splendor & Misery is a stunning leap forward for clipping., and one of the most impressive albums of the year.
Sep 23, 2016Suffocating, stressful, and challenging, Splendor & Misery is uncompromising in its desolation, and it’s all the better for it.
Sep 6, 2016Utterly uncomfortable, but with such an imaginative foundation that you can't help but feel invited back to try to learn a little more about the strange and beautiful world of clipping.
The WireOct 21, 2016The raps are often unaccompanied by beats, and this decision, combined with Diggs's deliberately rigid flow, results in a poetry slam aesthetic with only the faintest of links to the generic conventions and pleasures of hiphop. [Sep 2016, p.47]
Sep 14, 2016Oddly captivating in running just shy of 40 minutes, Splendor & Misery is hardly your overblown concept record that runs far too long. Indeed, it's worth multiple listens for both its out-of-this-world production and Diggs' one-two punch of lyricism and bafflingly effortless delivery.
Sep 21, 2016Splendor & Misery paradoxically stands as Clipping.’s most and least accessible albums.
Sep 9, 2016The problem with clipping. is that they sometimes seem to have an unusual idea of what makes good hip-hop. Sometimes it feels like the purely hip-hop side-project of a dodgy rap-metal group circa 2003.
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Sep 15, 2016So much to unpack in such a short album. The concept of this album is very extensive and detailed, both lyrically and sonically. This is aSo much to unpack in such a short album. The concept of this album is very extensive and detailed, both lyrically and sonically. This is a Brilliant album.… Expand
Sep 10, 2016such a haunting hip hop record. definitley my favorite from them sincesuch a haunting hip hop record. definitley my favorite from them since midcity...........................................................................… Expand
Sep 16, 2016I completely missed the storyline on first listen, but I love Deltron 3030, so I'm on board for a hip hop space opera. Clipping does theirI completely missed the storyline on first listen, but I love Deltron 3030, so I'm on board for a hip hop space opera. Clipping does their usual thing with noise and Diggs' crazy fast flow, but there is a lot more singing on this album. The vocals, which seem to be Diggs dubbed over himself in harmony, sound very reminiscent of slave gospel songs, which, given the plot, fits.
I thought it was great, and if you don't digg Clipping, it's different enough to maybe hold your attention. High points are All Black, Long Way Away, and especially True Believer and A Better Place.… Expand
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