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One of the Best Albums of 2012
on November 28, 2012
I'm a comedy nerd. I study comedy like other people study war histories and presidents and Steve Jobs; I watch, read, and listen to every bit of it I can, dissecting it, absorbing it, memorizing it, even teaching workshops on it to aspiring comedians.
And for me, "Animal Furnace" is one of the funniest comedy albums I've ever heard.
Hannibal Buress is truly one-of-a-kind. His style fluctuates between a young Tracy Morgan, saying outrageous things with a unique delivery that sells the joke better than any punchline could, and a black Patton Oswalt, taking geeky observations about rap music and people in his life and making absurd, a-to-c connections to hysterical conclusions.
Having seen him live, Buress controls a room better than almost any comic at his level, and that definitely comes into play on this record. The way he rises and falls and then explodes with his routines is so carefully considered, but comes across as so effortless, that the crowd is too caught up in the moment to question it when he makes outrageous assertions about things like masturbation and hoodies.
Truly Buress is an exciting comedic voice for our time, definitely one to watch on his road to stardom, and "Animal Furnace" is the best introduction anyone could ask for to his standalone talents.