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This review is from: Indicud (Edited Version) (MP3 Music)
Kid Cudi has become a staple of musical ingenuity. It should come to no surprise to anyone that his work is easily scrutinized. With two studio albums and an enjoyable side project (wzrd), has Cudder lost steam or just beginning to stoke the fire?
Indicud is advertised as the "rebirth" of Kid Cudi. In more ways that one, I'm pleased the publicity went this route. It is interesting to see most reviewers only critiquing the bass drops, lyrics, and surface material. AT ITS CORE, Indicud is "Vampiric." Not in a twilight and interview with a vampire way - but in the essence of sound design, it is incredibly nocturnal. Which would make sense because Kid Kudi persistently posted FB photos in the wee hours of the night of him in the studio. Cudi is the artist you listen to traveling on the highway at 2 AM. You instantly plug into the matrix and drift off. The album's hierarchy revolves around this concept whether Cudi or his fans know it. At the albums height, Cudi acts like a possessor, and at its lowest a pedestrian.
This may come off a bit strange but, the bass work and sound design is reminds of Linkin Park's "Session" and Team Sleep's "Passportal." Not that they are directly connected or that I even that like Linkin Park. But they do have relative sounds. I dare you to put on "Unf***ittable" then immediately go to youtube and listen to the two songs I just mentioned. I'm sure most would go, "Hmpf, I guess a little." Cudi experiments a bit with vocals, often times singing which, to me, is refreshing. I find those sections not as melodramatic as people perceive. I find they support Cudi's theme and push the archetypal sound of the record.
"The Resurrection of Scott Medscudi, The Flight of the Moon Man", and especially "New York City Rage Fest" reinforce my subjective analysis of the nocturne. I enjoy these tracks in terms of the sound and tone they carry throughout the album. TROSM is dense in ambiance complimented by the appropriate "Home Alone" sample. "Solo Dolo Pt. II" could easily be supporting music to a Tarantino karate flick. "Girls" starts with a Tron-esque sample suspended by a heavy drop. "NYCRF" has an eerie bounce to it, that would please the people in the club from the opening of Blade. "Burn Baby Burn" is salacious as much as it is infectious. "Lord of the Sad & Lonely" again, has an ambient undertone paralleled by Cudi's great songwriting. "Cold Blooded" is easily my favorite track on the record. The brief, yet tense intro transitions into great bouncing rhythms. It is a short song in an of itself, not overstaying its welcome. "TFOTMM" comes full circle, returning back to the static noise of the night. Crickets and other insects buzzing about, supplemented by Cudi's 80s-eqsue tones makes it truck full of content. Cant you see it, either intro or outdo tracks to a classic horror flick? I didn't realize until I had my headphones on that you can actual hear twigs breaking. This gives the illusion of wandering about, with no particular destination. Just lost in the eco-system of the night; evolving or devolving into something inhuman.
We all know that "Man on the Moon" was/is outstanding and seemingly "Day N' Night" won't be topped. But I enjoy the fact that, that album exists in that time period, in Cudi's chronology. It today's era, its difficult for an artist to please everyone. Is the album perfect? No. Are there songs that seem like filler? Yes. However, the album as a whole is a satisfying entry to his legacy. I appreciate the fact that Indicud is different simply because, I don't want the same record 3 times. To grow and learn, you need to experiment - how else would you know what is effective? Cudi is firmly aware of this concept. Indicud is an enjoyable listen especially if your willing to sink your teeth in. There isn't that one song that is at poignant as "Day N' Night" but I'm glad. If i had 12 "Day N' Nights" the original would lose its value and become opaque. All together, Indicud plays with my sensitivities giving me an array of visuals that seem lost today. I'm pleased Cudi digs his nails beneath the surface value and tries to project something more than just "engineered sound." This creates layers and depth. If you understand this concept, let the nocturnal plasma of Indicud fill your veins.