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Releases of the Week, Week 14: Flight Of The Conchords and 9th Wonder & Buckshot by zegoldst

Flight Of The Conchords – Flight Of The Conchords

You might know Flight of the Conchords from their HBO series. This album is simply a collection of songs that have been played on the show. The show is about a New Zealand folk duo (Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement) who are trying to survive the simple realities of life with a huge awkward and dry comic spin.

The one thing people often overlook when discussing The Conchords is the fact that both members are very good musicians. This makes the music much easier to listen to and if you ignore the humorous tone there is no reason you couldn’t just listen to these songs at a (very) casual dinner party.

The only problem I have with this album is that if you have never seen the show you may not catch the little visual hints throughout the songs. This makes it very hard to get in touch with the music on a more personal level. On the other hand if you have seen the show the album creates incredible imagery if you take the time to listen to the lyrics.

Overall, this album is a great addition to the show and with songs like “Think About It” and “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)” Flight Of The Conchords are going down in history as a great musical comedic act.
Best Track: “Think About It”

9th Wonder & Buckshot – The Formula

9th Wonder really came through with the production on this one. The beats are incredible and I expected nothing less from one of my favorite beat-makers. Buckshot isn’t at his finest on this album but the duo shine on together. This isn’t the first time 9th and Buckshot have done an album together. They released Chemistry in 2005 and they have certainly grown together.  They are a perfect match.  They are the formula.

You may know 9th Wonder from his work with greats such as Jay-Z and Murs.  With “The Formula” he shows his maturity in tight, layered beats that ripple and resonate throughout the track. But Buckshot has been running the underground rap scene since ‘92 and I have to say that I am a little disappointed with his lines on this one.

My favorite track, “Hold It Down,” features rapper Talib Kweli and singer Tyler Woods.  The beat has a sharp hitting guitar and a driving background horn section.  This beat really goes a long way into driving this song forward.

Overall, this album is not great, but it’s very good.  Buckshot and 9th are creating a new hip-hop duo and I hope that they will continue to hold down the underground scene.
Best Track: Hold It Down

Zach

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