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From its first track, Dessa’s new full-length Parts of Speech (6.25.13, Doomtree Records) announces itself as something different. The Doomtree veteran and inveterate wordsmith — having proved her mettle in the fields of creative non-fiction, spoken-word and hip-hop — jettisons all genre expectations on “The Man I Knew” and croons a heartbreaking lament to a ... Read more in Amazon's Dessa Store

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  • Audio CD (February 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Doomtree Records
  • ASIN: B0033BJSM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wry, literary lyrics over beats from Doomtree's all-star team of producers. The fifteen songs emphasize Dessa's wingspan as a singer, rapper, and lyricist - the tracks range from melancholy a cappella arrangements to vintage torch songs to infectious rap cuts. Featuring Grammy-nominated Matthew Santos and Jessy Greene, violinist for the Foo Fighters. Production from Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, MK Larada, Cecil Otter, and Big Jess. Upon initial release this disc peaked at #6 on iTunes rap charts; #2 on CMJ rap charts; and charted in Billboard in R&B, New Artists, and Independent Label releases. Dessa toured with the Doomtree crew in 2010 and will be headlining a 2011 West Coast tour. The album art for A Badly Broken Code was designed by Doomtree's MK Larada.

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Dessa is a fluent lyricist. . . she recalls an old-fashioned high-quality singer-songwriter like Joni Mitchell or Rosanne Cash. --Robert Christgau, NPR

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Very creative artist.
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Ordered it having only heard that one song, and I love the whole thing.
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A great beat and rythm, combined with well thought out lyrics.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Perez on January 20, 2010
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Dessa(Darling) from Doomtree is not your average Female MC/Singer/Poet, although on paper it would seem like she sounds like every A typical woman releasing music in the hip-hop world today. As a member of the midwest power house crew DOOMTREE, Dessa stands out amongst carasmatic crew members like POS, Mike Mictlan and Cecil Otter, and not just because shes the sole female of the bunch. Aggresive, yet calculated and controled, Dessa made her power and pressence known on crew releases (False Hopes 12 "Flex", Doomtree official group album "the wren", "dots & dashes", and from POS's Never Better "Low life, low lights"). Now with her official debut solo album "A Badly Broken Code" finally out, Dessa is ready to really make her pressence felt, seen and heard. Doomtree out did themselves in the packaging (MK LARADA did the layout) and the production is flawless thanks to a bulk of the work done by Paper Tiger and MK Larada, with help from Lazerbeak, Big Jess and Dessa herself. The record starts out with a peek into Dessas life growing up as "Childrens Work" is deep and thoughtfull, yet haunting as dessa recalls her mother worrying about "...what she did, to raise such a serious kid". Nothing is purposeless or without meaning when Dessa does it, as every nuance and lyric is heavy with thought, love, pain,hurt and introspection. With stand out tracks like "Seamstress", "Matches to paper dolls" and the favorite "The Chaconne" which features Matthew Santos (known for Lupe Fiascos "Superstar"). "The Chaconne" is beatifully haunting and hypnotizing, and deserves every bit of praise it is getting. The year is new and fresh, but after this release, The year belongs to Dessa and Doomtree. If you dont have it, get it at [...], and while your there pick up everything else they've ever put out if you dont have it. Wings&Teeth.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hanna on February 13, 2010
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I didn't even know this was classified as hip hop--I heard Children's Work on the radio and thought, "I have to get that." Ordered it having only heard that one song, and I love the whole thing. She reminds me of Ani a bit, so if you like Ani you would probably like this. Try it even if you aren't sure you'd like hip hop!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hill on January 25, 2010
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Doomtree deserves your respect, although they will never ask you for it. They will earn it kindly. In 2009 P.O.S exploded and now Dessa has followed with a triumphant release worth attention. As a crew Doomtree offers something for all and Dessa is the most accessible and arguably the most talented member which is why people who know about Doomtree have been excited for this record for a long time. Give it a listen and get hooked. Support your local artists!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Slocum on March 15, 2010
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I am actually more of a hard rock sort of gal, and really I don't tend to follow hip-hop as a genre. Her album was given to me by someone who was convinced I'd love it. And they were right. Every single song is fantastic. Some of the slower ones took a couple listens to digest, but I appreciate that it did. If I had to sum up her music in one word, it would be "Smart". Every word was clearly chosen to have punch and meaning, there's no fluff, and it was so refreshing to hear something off the radio with as much substance as Dessa has. She explores family, friends, people, and the state of hip-hop. Her lyrics are exceptional. Beyond that, the music is catchy, pleasing to the ears, and nourishing to the mind. She is now one of my favorite artists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HP on January 21, 2010
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Simply put, Doomtree has some of the most talented people you have never heard of and Dessa is no exception. Dessa has put out an album that is deeply personal and fierce, both a headbanger and a sound you can sway to. 'A Badly Broken Code' starts off a little slow, seemingly starting deep within Dessa's psyche. We are serenaded with childhood memories and thoughts of ex lovers. As the album picks up, Dessa's humor, rhyme skills, and penchant for metaphors begins to shine through like a star sitting on a lightbulb or something. (Probably should have just cribbed one of her similes there).

If you want to listen to an album full of talent from a member of one of the most slept on groups out there, give this one a shot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Pierson on April 5, 2013
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My wife laughs at me when I sing along to women singers. She calls me a little girly man and then makes me wear a dress. That's how I know she's in the mood to get freaky.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Snyder on February 18, 2011
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After digesting everything I've heard that came out in 2010 this stands apart; a fantastic album start to finish with a variety of moods, a fantastic instrumental presence, and one of finest lyrical albums I've ever heard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Sargent on February 10, 2011
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Dessa is the sort of class act that gets better with every listen. Not only erudite, but also full of wit and respect for the listener's intelligence. Dessa sings about the woman who doesn't want a married man she likes to cheat on his wife with her, the woman who sees a relationship with an abused woman with hidden strengths, and two children who know more than their parents about true maturity.

That being said, the prices listed above for the CD ($43?!?) are terrible, and other avenues do exist. Go use Google.
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