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Beauty and the Beat [Vinyl]

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REISSUED!!Originally Released:29 Mar 2005 Genre:Hip Hop Style:TracklistA1 Polite Meeting (Intro) A2 Funky Voltron Featuring, Lyrics By - Insight A3 I See Colours A4 Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme A5 Murder Mystery A6 Torture Chamber Featuring, Lyrics By - Percee -P B1 Making Planets Featuring, Lyrics By - Mr. Lif B2 Time Outt (Segue) B3 Rock And Roll Featuring, Lyrics By - Dagha B4 Beauty B5 The Science Of Two Featuring, Lyrics By - Insight B6 Smile B7 Promised Land

1. Polite Meeting Intro
2. Funky Voltron F/Insight
3. I See Colours
4. Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme
5. Murder Mystery
6. Torture Chamber F/Percee P
7. Making Planets F/Mr. Lif
8. Time Out (Segue)
9. Rock and Roll F/Dagha
10. Beauty
11. The Science of the Two F/Insight
12. Smile
13. Promised Land

Product Details

  • Vinyl (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lewis Ent
  • ASIN: B0007KLLCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on August 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Psychedelia and hip-hop. Those are two words I never thought I'd be relating when referring to one of my favorite albums of 2005. I still can't get over it. What a phenomenal idea. The Boston based rapper Edan possesses more than just an untouchable flow. He's also the producer, programmer, engineer, name it, he does it all. The production held within is bafflingly perfect. He's successfully brought the feel of a 60s psychedelic record to the form of hip-hop, including the concept. Clocking in at roughly 34 minutes (as most 60s psychedelic records run), there is absolutely no wasted space. This is an album of epic proportions that rides the line of psychedelia and hip-hop cleaner than you can imagine. It's almost puzzling that a hip-hop record including heavy influence of The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds", The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", or Pink Floyd's "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" would come off as such a cohesive set of gems. But it does, and Edan proves he's the man for the job.

The album's intro, "Polite Meeting Intro", starts it off with some music that could be from Sponge Bob Squarepants, then with the addition of trippy sound effects and vintage English vocal samples, we end up in The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine". It sets it off nicely. Then comes "Funky Voltro" featuring Insight, which includes a high-pitched swooping Minimoog played by Edan, and also a funky guitar sample. Then comes "I See Colours", a clear standout featuring a synthesizer played by Edan. Edan proves to have a impenetrable flow here, boasting some imaginative lyrics that work very well with the sweet atmospheric soundscapes and soothing 60s vocal and guitar samples. The next cut, "Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme", is also one of my favorites.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alec Rojas VINE VOICE on July 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Edan has taken a different stance in his interpretation of hip hop ever since his debut several years ago. This is most clearly defined in Beauty and the Beat, a record that digging heads have eagerly anticipated. His many guest appearances brought the anticipation of his irreverent, eccentric mannerisms not only in the booth but behind the decks and manning the mixer. With a wide range of influences that stem from his immense musical education, delving into this record becomes an education of the classics of contemporary music.

Edan manages to create a psychadelic brand of hip hop. Although now cliche in describing his sound, the immense echo vox coloring his voice, rock and roll to baroque pop influences, effect-laden samples makes this record at times, like a Sgt. Peppers of hip hop. This is most clearly heard in the song "Beauty," which somehow takes the listener with flute samples, screeching strings, and boom-bap bass drums. Make no mistake: this manner of sampling takes on an epic proportion that hip hop has been begging to have, yet not slapped together in studio on a keyboard. The samples shimmer all over the record. As he says himself, "I use pens like hallucinigenics," a line that can be inferred for most of this record. From "I See Colors", ridden with a overwhelming echo plex, "Rock and Roll" complete with name-dropping from Creedence to Talking Heads to Little Feet, this record truly has a hazy, lava-lamped view into the world.

Beauty and the Beat is at it's best when Edan is warping the borders of the genre and it's sonic, aural, even temporal limitations. That being said, when it becomes more explicitely tied down to a genre or falls back onto convention, the unconventional beauty of the record loses it's charm. However, this small problem can be overlooked by its many highlights. Edan managed to expand the genre effectively into a psychadelic bliss that reminisces the finest of the sixties. There's little more to ask from that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam P Boots on July 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
So far this is one of my favorite albums of the year, though I'd have to say there is no equal when it comes to style... The best way I could explain it is if you were to take Kool G Rap and a bunch of his same era MC's and put them over beats that are straight out of either Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pet Sounds or maybe even something Pink Floyd...

The beats are vast and sound very much like they're 60's-70's trip out music and the rapping sounds a lot like GOOD old school MCing... By GOOD I mean it flows well, it matches the beat, and it tells a story... "Fumbling over words that Rhyme" goes through and tells you just how much Edan knows about old school hip hop...

The only "complaint" I have for this album is something I also consider one of it's strengths... It's only 42 minutes long, which tends to seem like a short album, but with this album, it feels very much like a complete, cohesive package... I guess I just wanted to have something to complain about and... That's about all I can think to complain about... If anything, this could have been longer, but I think Edan was going the route of "quality over quantity" and for that aspect, he succeeded.

This is a strange but beautiful album and I recommend it to anyone who has interest in intriguing and different hip hop...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eddie chainsaw on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Edan would like to enter "Beauty and the Beat" at this years national science fair. His thesis is clear: through his music he expects that we, without the LSD, will see colors. His methods are quite interesting and come from serious research drawing relaitonships between hip-hop and psychedellia. This seems to be a natural relationship-- both types of art manipulate standard formuals to yeild something new. Rap's manipulation comes in the construction of sound by a creative cut and paste style of creation; Psychedellic manipulation is the manipulation of the sound of traditional rock instruments. Edan's innovation is combining these two forms of manipultation and thereby elevating both. Check out his cited works-- on "fumbling over words that ryhme" and "rock 'n' roll" he pays homage to all the previous hiphop/rock researchers that led to his innovation. Musically, Edan stays true to old-school rap by offering two delightful duos with Insight and raping over hard beats. Yet Edan also integrates rock by utilizing fuzzy guitar samples, 60's vocal cuts, and classic psychedellic recording techniques. Edan's efforts culminate on the albums critical track, "beauty." On this track Edan transcends common hip-hip storytelling through masterfull, stream-of-consciousness ryhming that both decribes art and becomes art before our eyes and ears. He proves his thesis-- I can see the colors and my mind is blown. Edan's effort produces the best album of the year and wins of the national science fair hands-down.
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