(I had to look this up.... Oneirology is the study of dreams.)
Take one look at the cover of "Oneirology" and you know it's gonna be a great album. I believe that today's hip hop needs more art, more poetry, and more intellegence (and less Lil' Wayne). Leave it to the CunninLynguists to always IMPROVE the current hip hop climate.
Like last year's melancholy masterpiece, Present Kno: Death Is Silent, "Oneirology" shows TREMENDOUS growth in Kno's production. For the most part, his beats are slow and deliberate -- even magical. Do you remember the first time you heard "The Park [Remix]" on "Strange Journey, Volume Two"? (It wasn't produced by Kno...but it was other-worldly).
And that's how I'd describe the production on "Oneirology." It's not a "southern sound" like Devin the Dude's stuff -- but rather, it's a universal sound. (I know, I know -- that sounds cheesy, but it's TRUE.) Kno's amazing production shows growth and increased depth.
The lyrics are very introspective. Early CunninLynguist tracks were funny (almost silly)...but these tracks are on another level. They didn't write in order to be funny -- they wrote in order to be profound. Profundity in hip hop, you say? No -- That can't be! Not since the 90s....
Not every track is "profound," but that's not bad. "Get Ignorant" is a perfect example. It's not "introspective" because it's a diss song, but it's well-writen nonetheless.
Listen carefully to tracks like "Darkness (Dream On)" and "Shattered Dreams" and you'll understand why the album is called "Oneirology." "Embers," the closing track, is sad, but quite beautiful. Again, LISTEN carefully. Nothing is redundant; nothing is filler. Even the interludes (which, by definition, are "fillers") fit well with the oneirology theme!
"Oneirology" is fantastic in every way -- an exceptional follow-up to Kno's "Death is Silent." The beats are SMOOTH, the ryhmes are DOPE, and honestly, I can't say enough about this album. It's a must-own for both hip hop heads and fans of beautiful, you're-not-gonna-find-it-on-the-radio music.
Like Piece of Strange and Dirty Acres, "Oneirology" will STIR your emotions. This isn't hip hop -- this is BETTER THAN HIP HOP (and I LOVE hip hop).
Buy this yesterday!
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