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  • Audio CD (July 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B000FIHN02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The debut album from Cut Chemist, formerly of pioneering underground hip-hop group Jurassic 5, The Audience's Listening is evocative of an era when sound enthusiasts put out records for the adventure of it, not as a vehicle tied to hit singles and booty-shaking videos. Using a turntable, mixer and computer to create the songs, this gifted DJ has conjured an homage to what is possible. Varied, uplifting and unexpected, rooted in hip-hop but leaping into new sonic territory, The Audience's Listening offers musical magic created by the alchemist known as Cut Chemist.

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An album like this was truely needed this day and age.
TrEE
Chemist's answer is to have fun without sacrificing integrity and invite the Audience in as close as possible.
Hip-Rock
He really is just having fun with things, with a variety of beats and great samples.
R. P. Johnson

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes albums are made with groundbreaking new twists and sounds. Sometimes they are made for financial gain, via radio hits and MTV coverage. And then there are some that are really just made for the love of it.

Cut Chemist's "The Audience's Listening" appears to be one of the third category, though the turntablist/DJ/Jurassic 5-er does give electronica and hip-hop some novel twists in his first fully original album. But at the heart of it, it sounds like Chemist is simply dabbling in whatever he enjoys most.

"Start remembering what you hear," says a cheerful interviewer, before a patchwork of samples inform us about the DJs of the future, about music, the first annual DJ convention, and a lot of dogs barking. By the time you're finished with the intro, your brain will be in the right state for what comes next. ("People get ready... the robots are coming!")

He retreads familiar ground in the energetic percussion-heavy "My 1st Big Break," before switching over to a new sound -- bossa nova. Gypsyish guitar playing an energetic live tune, with a sample of Astrud Gilberto playing softly halfway through. It's an exquisite, ethereal tune that shows that Cut Chemist can do all sorts of music.

Lest anyone think that Cut Chemist has lost his edge, he dabbles in some truly weird stuff (a phone conversation done entirely with samples and scratches), sharply surreal hip-hop, and shimmering electronic numbers that sound like an arty sci-fi film. Cut Chemist dips back into bossa nova once before, before finishing up with the dense, catchy hip-hop of "The Audience Is Listening Theme Song.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hip-Rock on July 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Cut Chemist's 'Motivational Speaker' wants to know who the audience is and what it wants. The second track begins with 'If I get killed '****' it! It's at this point that he proceeds to show the listener that he is not going to play by the rules of the standard DJ record. This is an experiment that analyzes the role of the audience and the DJ. Chemist's answer is to have fun without sacrificing integrity and invite the Audience in as close as possible. The backbone of this LP is most undeniably Hip-Hop. The results show a mature ease with incorporating elements of rock '(My 1st) Big Break', garage/surf 'What's the Altitude', electro 'Metrorail (thru space)' & 'Storm', world 'The Garden', and progressive funk 'Spoon', 'Peak in Time'. This record is not a loner DJ record or filled with guest MC's yet is fun and gives an experience that begs repeat listens.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Johnson on July 27, 2006
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As a turntable enthusiast, I can really respect what Cut Chemist does on this album. He really is just having fun with things, with a variety of beats and great samples. One track in particular he simulates a phone conversation with scratching, which blows my mind. Great album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chuck St. Clair on July 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Parts of the cd are full of the usual sample anticts from Cut Chemist that i expected. A The few songs that have mc's are solid lyricly, and the beats are more than that, they could be played as instrumentals and still be dope. The cd is a little short, but that doesnt make it anything less than great. The Garden is an epic song of strings and things with great production. A few of the songs are really catchy and will have you singing them all day (A peak in Time...He ho He ho, HEHO heho HEho, hehohehoheho. youl'l know if you lisen to it). All in all i'm very pleased with the album, and highly recomend it if you really enjoy underground hiphop, indie west coast production, soundscaping, turntablism, or pretty much anything. plain ol dope
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Escamilla on August 25, 2006
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and the others are good, too. I'm particularly fond of "Spat", which rolls nicely into "What's the altitude". Spoon has a great groove, too. "The Garden" seems to be the song that gets radio air-time around here, so you'll recognize and dig the track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TrEE on January 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After seeing the golden age of hip hop deteriorate and then the dissapointing sell out of DJ Shadow I had begun to lose all hope for artists who had a passion for the art of sampling. I purchased "The Audience's Listening" and I was so happy to hear that Cut Chemist was keeping this sound alive.

Although DJ Shodow and Cut Chemist both still work together on a constant basis, we now all know who to give our respect to. An album like this was truely needed this day and age. Anybody with a love for sound collage will not be dissapointed. Support Cut Chemist.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeffe on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Cut Chemist since his work on the J5's first EP. His DJ sensibilities are refreshing and organically inspired, and the guy knows how to dig through his crates to find samples that work. He isn't in-your-face with his scratching like most hip hop DJs, but what scratching he does use is tasteful, sweet, and sometimes very funny. The guy kicks [...]. I give him props.

But "The Audience's Listening" isn't one of his stronger efforts, in my opinion. Aside from being a very short CD at 43 minutes 30 seconds, it suffers because there aren't any tunes you can really sink your teeth into. There's some nice live instrumentation on "The Garden" and "Spoon," but it's nothing distinctive and even a bit sloppily played, so I wonder why Chemist felt the need for live instrumentalists at all on those tracks.

Even on "Storm," the CD's bread and butter track featuring Edan and Mr. Lif, the production is wandering and unfocused. It had none of the straight-forward, head-nodding punch normally found on Chemist tunes. Just... strange. I've listened to the CD several times over the course of several days, and it just doesn't make me want to nod the head. Ever.

Maybe Cut was coming with a new approach to producing or songwriting, which I support for any artist, so I give him some slack. But my lack of desire to nod the head as I was driving around listening to it in my car just left me confused.

I was thinking a collabo with a deep house artist might've been far more rewarding here. Instead of silly overindulgences coupled with the fourteen-year old attitude that went into making this CD, I'd like to see Cut grow up and make an adult album with some polish and sophistication. Something that gives beatlovers what they're looking for.

I love your work, Cut. But in my opinion "The Audience's Listening" should've been so much more.
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