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Event II [2 LP]
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Now, over a decade later, they re finally releasing the long-awaited follow-up to their debut an album titled Deltron 3030: Event II. "This time, the album has a specific story," says Del. "The Deltron world has gone too far with technology. Everything's destroyed, and you just see the remnants of our technology. The streets are run by criminals, the police are outnumbered and outgunned, and we're like pirates, running rogue, doing what we do to survive. That's the scene of it. We're trying to be as literary as possible while dealing with a musical format. I don't know if you could even categorize this as a hip hop album - it's more like a rock opera, but using rap."
He notes that the words, music and narrative have been deliberately chosen to put listeners into a specific emotional state. "This record took 13 years, and the whole time fans are telling us we better come out with Deltron right now - quit teasing me," laughs Del. "Well, this is beyond a regular album. Because I would say, me, Dan and Koala, we aren't limited by what other rap groups do - we're musicians first. I studied music theory for ten years. Dan and Koala been learning music since they were kids. We're bringing it all together here, everything, and the fans, the critics, they all going to be surprised by what we got. You'll see."
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So much so in fact that most of the tracks would be better WITHOUT Del. As much as it pains me to say it, he lost his touch completely for this album. It feels like he is just perfunctorily adding sciency raps, and piling them on top of each other in ways that may or may not make sense. His flow doesn't sound very natural either... very much like he added it on to music that was already there instead of making it at the same time as the music and trying to attune the two.
Ok, not all of it is completely bad. Some of the songs are semi sort of enjoyable. But there is very little memorable material here. Maybe I set myself up for disappointment if I was expecting 3030 all over again. The raw materials were all there because the production is top notch. But I really think Del could and should have done better.
1) It was impossible to live up to all of the hype.
2) While this is a solid performer, the first Deltron 3030 album was arguably better.
I actually really like the skits on this one. They're humorous and don't feel out of place even. Some of these songs will get themselves stuck in your head for quite some time. It's definitely worth adding to your collection if you like Del.
Recommended/favourite tracks include:
* Pay the Price
* Look Across the Sky
* My Only Love
* City Rising from the Ashes
* Do You Remember
But again: only you can judge it relative to the original Deltron 3030 album. I don't know what that album meant to you, and so I can't tell you whether this one is better or worse. I can say this album stands out less than the original, as a natural consequence of being a faithful sequel. I don't see any way around that: its predecessor reshaped the landscape and influenced the concept of concept albums in the decade since.
Deltron Osirus has a lot to say in this album and Automator helps paint the auditory picture of the future, which is an amplified version of our present. It's worth a listen, and I hope you enjoy it.
Furthermore, the MP3 deal pairing the album and instrumental album together for one price is a fantastic idea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved their first album and knew that this existed, but never got around to purchasing it. So dope. Love the triple threat of Del, Dan, and Kid Koala. Awesome cameos too.Published 3 months ago by Doctor Kawasaki
One of the best albums I've ever heard..love everything about it.Published 6 months ago by Eric Johnson
**Review originally posted at https://midnighttosix.wordpress.com
Has it really been 13 years since Deltron 3030’s debut album? Where does the time go? Read more
Excellent in it's own right. Comparisons are odious. ;)Published 9 months ago by Nathaniel J. Frein
I think the album is just as good as the original. Overall I feel Event 2 is more consistent track to track; none of the songs reach Mastermind, Virus, or Madness level, but none... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dark Magician
If u like the original Deltron, u will like this. A good sequel.Published 15 months ago by James Wegman
Impeccable rhymes, equally impressive production and guest appearances that mesh perfectly with the theme of the work. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Glenn kramer
Del, Kid Koala, and Dan the Automator serve up a fantastic second album. It may top the first one, it's at least it's equal.Published 18 months ago by Jason Reed