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Easy Listening for Armageddon

Mike LaddAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000005DQA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Advancement of Hip-Hop...... July 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Mike Ladd apparently got into Rap, Poetry & Punk roughly around the same time. That would probably explain his Leftfield approach to rap, and his tendency to view things through a punk-lens filter. This isn't a man looking to make albums that'll enter the mainstream charts. Mike is obviously looking the stretch the boundaries of rap, by making something of substance & forward thinking, much in the same way as 'Gil Scott Heron' did in the the 70's.
But rather than being a tired retread of Gil Scott's then cutting-edge social rap-poetry. Mike intermittently injects things with a Punk & unflinching sensibility, seemingly equally at home, with a softly spoken-sung delivery, or a fiercer finger-pointing mildly shouty rhetoric. But the difference in vocal delivery, takes nothing away for the fact that this is incredibly stirring stuff. moving deftly & consistently impressively, through a variety ideas and sounds, taking on-board subjects such as politics & Racism, and cultrual & social observation with the an intelligence and swagger not seen in a emcee in a long time, due mainly to the fact that sub-conscious thought and contemporary poetry, with a level of articulation heard only in the very best rappers manages to impress on many levels.
But too forget or even not mention the production backing up this stunning debut would be easily as unforgivable as not commending Mike Ladd on his exceptional songwriting. Beat heavy tracks are largely forgone in favour of a far more eclectic group of arrangements. Ambient flourishes mix with heady electronics, fuzzy bass guitar underpin subtle hypnotic scratching. Tight chords work alongside avant-garde instrumentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars March 14, 1999
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A brilliant performance artist and poet, Mike Ladd's use of satire, irony, and intelligent insight sharpen the listener's critical awareness of what's going down worldwide. He is a socially responsible hip-hop artist with prophetic vision. His message is powerful; his linkage of poetry and hip-hop is artfully accomplished. This is the work of a genius. Get the CD. Spread the news.
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If one were to turn Gil Scot-Heron and Willian Seward Burroughs into one person, it would be Mike Ladd. Just reading Ladd's poems is an experience, but combining his amazing voice with some of the illest beats i've heard, you get something else... to take a Mr. Man (of the bush babies) quote out of context "it sounds so outta sight it got the blind people looking"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album you owe yourself to buy. November 16, 1998
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'easy listening for armageddon' is an amazing album which defies all verbal descriptions. the only person who could probably put the album's greatness into words would be mike ladd himself. or maybe the quote from someone, "he's so good that he'll make you wet your pants." mike ladd is an extremely talented poet/musician and you owe it to yourself to buy this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate The Future Now... April 22, 1998
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Defies all catagories...Hip-hop, trip-hop, rap, even acid jazz. Sick lyricist who deftly mixes spoken word techniques, streamo-conscious rhymes, that siphon their eclectic power directly from pop-culture. Particularly of interest is Blade Runner & Back Stroke. Also check out the title track, first you'll laugh out loud then you'll realize your the audience he's addressing.
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