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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Doomtree Records
  • ASIN: B005HMHP3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dessa's first full-length record, A Badly Broken Code, introduced her to a national audience as a rapper, a singer, and a potent, imaginative lyricist. It earned a binder of superlative reviews from sources like NPR, The Seattle Times, and AM New York. To tour the album, she assembled a small cast of talented instrumentalists: vibraphone, piano, viola, and stand-up bass for a classical, sometimes orchestral sound, a beautiful, somber effect re-interpreting the disc for a dynamic live concert. Part rap show and part cabaret, the elegant presentation charmed both audiences and critics - not a negligible feat in hip hop, a genre with its share of purists. Castor, The Twin captures these new arrangements for ten of Dessa's strongest previously released songs. It also includes The Beekeeper, the haunting advance single from Dessa's new album due in 2012.

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Such intelligent lyrics and what a voice.
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She is a wonderful artist and this album maybe demonstrates that better than anything else she has done.
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Looking forward to hearing what she does next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2011
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I was doubtful that an album consisting mostly of new versions of songs from Dessa's previous 2 records would be worth buying, but after hearing it, it's amazing! These were recorded with the musicians who had been backing her on the Badly Broken Code tour, and as a result it doesn't sound much like a hip hop record, and I mean that in a good way. Amazon's classifying it as opera among other things, which I think is strange, really it resembles the jazz recordings of Patricia Barber as much as anything, or maybe not so much the recordings as sitting next to the stage for a live set Monday nights at the Green Mill in Chicago. It has that kind of improvisational feel to it. The live musicians let the songs breathe a little bit more, allowing them to change up the tempo a bit here and there for emotional effect, which is much harder to do with a backing track assembled from samples. The new arrangements throw the focus more on her songwriting, giving the songs new emotional weight and impact. I was amazed that I could be so affected by them considering that I listened to the last one just about every day last summer. Not only is this a great album, it makes the previous one better by giving the listener a new perspective on these songs, especially "Dixon's Girl" which wasn't really my favorite track on Code but is a fantastic song as re-interpreted here. Definitely worth it even if you think you have these songs already.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Litt on October 27, 2011
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Dessa is amazing. This is the best album of re-done songs I have heard. Love every track. I highly recommend her other two albums as well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alligatorpiedad on October 17, 2011
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Dessa's latest release is a masterpiece. This CD is a must have for anyone who enjoys genre-bending brilliance. The live band style of recording compliments Dessa'a singing well, and compliments the inteligence of her lyrics.
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By J. Lamb on April 17, 2014
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I will start by saying that I'm not a fan of most rap. I like some old hip hop and early Gansta but that's about it. Dessa, however, really puts it all out there. She raps intelligently with rhyme schemes, or not, that are unique. She also adds in her soulful singing and expressive spoken word to round out this collection of songs. The only reason I gave it four stars and not five is that there are a few songs on here that were on A Badly Broken Code. Also, check out Doomtree, a collective with Dessa, P.O.S., and several others. They are also quite good.
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By Marjorie Coyne on February 27, 2014
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I can't say enough good things about Dessa and every project she tackles. She is honestly the smartest, coolest, and most amazing rapper out there. Her intelligence and creativity will enthrall you. Buy everything she's ever recorded. See her live in concert. She's so intense and wonderful. LOVE this album.
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By A gamer on December 26, 2013
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I purchased my first Dessa album when it was listed at $5.00 on the Amazon deals. This subsequently lead to me purchasing her other two albums at full price because, well, she deserves it. Dessa does not receive playing time on the radio where I live so without Amazon I never would have stumbled into her.

I don't know how to compare her to other singers to help you make your decision. I'm grasping at how to describe her music and I'll just leave it at listen to samples from some of her albums if you are curious and you'll become enchanted with her music, lyrics, and voice. This is not pop/rock or some other upbeat fizz for your ears, but a little more meaty sound. She's educated and this shows in her music and spoken word. The tone of her music is deep and heavy and I would listen to her with Lana Del Rey, Adele, and singers that have a sound that isn't whimsical or frivolous.

Look, she's smart, beautiful, and has a voice that makes me delirious. Throw your money at her so she makes more music.
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By Sandy Weber on May 12, 2013
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I purchased this for a Christmas gift. I also own the CD and can't say enough about Dessa; all of her music is awesome and she is such a talented artist!
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By jeremey on January 26, 2013
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I have been a fan of Doomtree for awhile and will continue to listen any time they put out something new, but Dessa has been they main reason I listen to them. The rapping is crisp and on point, the writing is brilliant, and the beats fit it all perfect. Any time I can listen to 4 or more songs over and over I consider that a great album. I don't know if Dessa will ever hit the mainstream but what she is doing is great
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