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After a five year break exploring new sounds and building their personal repertoires, Eyedea & Abilities return with the follow up to their 2004 critically acclaimed sophomore album "E&A". With biting guitars, fuzzy keyboards, melodic choruses, and some of their most intricate turntable work to date, "By The Throat" cuts right to the vein and advances far beyond the duo's battle tested history (winners of HBO Blaze Battle, Rocksteady, Scribble Jam and the DMC's). Confirmed for the 2009 Rock The Bells Tour, and a headlining tour this September.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B002AKAM3S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By midevilco on February 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
....and no, I am not just saying that because he passed on. The only criticism I could offer is that it is too short, and leaves you wanting more.

I think my favorite is Sky Diver, mostly because I can't see anyone else touch this beat, and even Eyedea struggles to keep up with it at times, but it just works.

I love the chorus on Time Flies When You Have a Gun, and Smile is just pure beauty.

As others have said, you have to hear the whole album all the way through a few times before you can really appreciate it. Such a shame that it ends here for E&A, they came so far, and still had places to go, but what can you do? If you don't cherish this album, I would say you aren't really an Eyedea fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ACTION JACKSON on July 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Back from a five year hiatus Mike Larsen aka Eyedea, breaks away (just slightly) from familiar territory with darker themes and crunchy production. With plenty of fierce lyrical delivery, covering everything from his current broken heart to the recent loss of loved ones, his singing only makes up maybe 12% of the album. Everyone does this now; Atmosphere, Cage, P.O.S., Yak Ballz, the list goes on! Let an artist be, well just that...'First Born' was over 7 years ago. This album is nothing if not progressive song writing!

Eyedea has already mastered the realm of battle rap, and undeniably became one of RhymeSayers most successful artists. With plenty of that 'E&A' feel from 2004, this music develops more with further listening. Only complaint is the length being just at 30 minutes! But I'd take this over the majority of recent releases anyday.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodenhauser on July 29, 2009
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The only thing I don't like about this album is that it is technically an EP, is very short, yet Amazon fails to mention this fact and still charges 9.99. I don't really mind paying that though because I want to support these guys.

That aside... this album makes me wish there were more artists like Eyedea & Abilities. I had to listen to the album a couple times to fully grasp the level of craft used in most of these songs. I still feel like I'm getting more out of several songs every time I hear them after 5+ plays. I think the album not only represents a much needed level originality in hip-hop, but also a much desired level of collaboration between DJ and MC. There really isn't much else out there like this.

There are some not-so-amazing(and very short) songs, but at the same time, there are songs like Burn Fetish that are worth $10 alone in my mind. I buy full albums because I like experiencing everything the artist wanted me to, but if you are not that type, are a fan of hip-hop at all, and want to hear something truly original, you have to pick up at least Burn Fetish, Smile, and probably Junk too. Time Flies When You Have a Gun is a well crafted track as well, (Abilities really comes through on that one), but I'm just not a fan of the subject matter.

The short previews here on amazon do the songs very little justice as far as getting an idea the real content. Also, if you don't like this album the first time you hear it, just give it one more listen. I almost wrote a pretty bad review for this before I listened again. Now I can't get enough.
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By A. Maylone on January 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I almost feel the need to defend this album, reading through some of these reviews I have to wonder if we had all been listening to the same album or not. I think the problem is that the majority of these people went in to this record with preconceived notions of what they were going to get. The simple fact of the matter though is that Eyedea had long since grown tired of battle rap, he had been doing it since before his official lp debut in 2001, meaning that he'd had 8 years of growth to showcase on this release. Eyedea gained fans with his experimental styles and wildly imaginative lyrics, he was always pushing forward and creating new sounds and styles, why people assumed he would shoehorn himself in to one genre, let alone one as simple and uncreative as "battle rap" is beyond me.

The Eyedea we have on this album is, for all intent and purposes, a fully developed and realized artist. His choruses are amazing (as proven on the ridiculously catchy "Spin Cycle), his concepts are strong (see: Time Flies When You Have a Gun), and his lyrics are nothing short of brilliant (look no further then 'Forgive Me for my Synapses). He had reached a point in his career that most artist can only dream of, he was making music that would appeal to fans of any genre, and he was making it his way or no way at all.

The production is equally as strong, Abilities laces Eyedea with music that straddles genre's as effortlessly as Eyedea himself. Half Hip Hop, Half Punk Rock, 100 percent amazing. The production meshes with Eyedea perfectly and creates a very cohesive and organic sound. Ive also seen many people complain about the running time, honestly I just cant understand where they're coming from.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kraken on July 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
(Original/revised review, see edits at the end) I'm a huge fan of Eyedea. From when I first discovered a couple of his featured tracks on Audiogalaxy (!) before First Born even dropped, through his entirely self written, self produced near-masterpiece, The Many Faces of Oliver Hart. Then E&A, a still strong but slightly disappointing return to collaborating with DJ Abilities, and now through these last few years of Eyedea's exploration into grunge, alternative, freestyle performance and jazz with groups like Face Candy and Carbon Carousel. Eyedea, as an artist and as a lyricist, as a human being, has had nothing but a huge impact on me as a hip hop fan and as a person, and on the underground hip hop scene as a whole. I have nothing but pure respect and admiration.

With all that said, this album just leaves me feeling a little let down. It's not that it's a big departure from what I would've (or should've) expected. There's no doubt that many his more loyal fans were hoping for a return to the pure, all hip hop sound of First Born and E&A. This isn't that--not entirely, at least. For those familiar with Eyedea's more recent grungy side project Carbon Carousel, the sounds on By The Throat are noticeably tinged with that style. In face, a couple of these tracks sound like they almost should be under the Carbon Carousel name rather than on an E&A release. There is some of the more pure hip hop mixed in too, however, which results in sort of an overall fusion of a grunge/alternative/live band/hip hop sound, with (of course) some of the still undeniable skills by DJ abilities on the turntables.

Aside from that slight detour from expectation, here's my biggest issue with this release: 29 minutes. Seriously?
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We waited 5 years for this?
29 minutes is the killer. Don't know how you can't feel short-changed by this effort. Like I said in my review, I think most people will be disappointed by this release, even if it still has artistic and musical merit and Eyedea's stamp on it.
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