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This review is from: One Word Extinguisher (Audio CD)
Regardless of what people are saying, this album can't be catergorized in any genre besides the vague and anomalous term "progressive music." I say that with full confidence that, even with the guest MCs and beat manipulation, one cannot consider this solely an instrumental, electronic hip hop album. There is simply too much going on, a musical overload across every frequency, music so coordinated and organized that it is even stifling. Going from any genre to this album (jazz, classical, even independent) is like shooting for the moon yet ending up in Mars, yet a comfortable and enjoyable trip.
An important distinction to make about One Word Extinguisher is the fact that it is a complete disc. Although certain individual tracks are astonishing, only a few of them take on song form due to the rapid changes mid-track. The listener is forced to sit and absorbe the entire record, not just for the beats but for the samples. Thus, after listening to this CD, there are very few things you'll actually remember about it because you have heard so much. Do you remember the upbeat and great cooperation on "Plastic," the fantastic song that is the title track, or do you remember the final sample on "90% Of My Mind is With You"? That is entirely up to the listener, and therefore the major reason this disc is so successful: Herren's work outshines his purpose.
To sum it up, the ingenius musicality present on this album makes it one of the albums of the year, bar none.