Together/apart CD (2011)

Artist: Grieves

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Don't Sleep on This!

on 6/26/2011

As someone who has known Grieves since the start, the songs that were leaked prior to the album (Bloody Poetry, Lightspeed) I thought that this album might be overly melodic and not as raw as previous albums, and I wasn't expecting any classic songs such as "I Ate Your Soul." However, this album IS very different than older Grieves, but I do not think it is disappointing. Lyrically, it is amazing, Read More

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Label Rhymesayers/ada
SKU 221688482
UPC 826257013828
UPC 14 00826257013828
Format CD
Release Date 6/21/2011
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Author Grieves
Compilation Appearance 2011 Warped Tour Compilation
Compilation Appearance Strange Journey Volume Three
Technical Info
Engineer Josiah Hendler
CatalogID RSE0138
Lable Name Rhymesayers Entertainment
Released 06/21/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 20s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00826257013828
Musical Guests
Brother Ali
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Josiah Hendler.
Recording information: AK Studios, Fort Collins; Blast Off Studios, New York, NY; Undercaste Studios, Seattle, WA.
Illustrator: Ryan Clark .
On his Rhymesayers debut, rapper Grieves sounds a bit too much like his labelmates Atmosphere to cause concern among those who label this rap "emo" instead of the preferred "independent." The cool, opening memoir called "Light Speed" will feel familiar to the Atmosphere faithful with nostalgia for "Pogs and punk rock" and that defiant "if you need me, I'll be in my hoody" attitude. This obvious influence is found throughout, always threatening to turn Together/Apart into a niche album, but then, unique numbers like the crypt-walking "On the Rocks" come along and Grieves becomes an inspired artist with his hands on the wheel, steering indie-hop down new avenues. Clever how a quote from Bobby Hebb's effervescent "Sunny" shows up in the tortured ("I've been writin' on the mirror with a razorblade/And chase away the devil in my brain that played me like a spade") "Sunny Side of Hell," and you can thank producer Budo for all the sample-free backing tracks, which also recall those Atmosphere guys, but a freer version willing to experiment with space rock ("Boogie Man") and infectious G-funk ("No Matter What"). An easy recommendation for its obvious audience, but Together/Apart is a bit more than that as well, giving the genre of indie hip-hop some mass appeal whenever it decides to wild out. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.74) - "Grieves shines as a friendly, thoughtful voice, gladly ready to share secrets."
Disc 1
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 Light Speed,Present Tense DVD
2 Bloody Poetry
3 Falling From You
4 On the Rocks
5 Sunny Side of Hell
6 Tragic
7 Boogie Man
8 Pressure Cracks
9 No Matter What
10 Vice Grip
11 Heartbreak Hotel
12 Speak Easy
13 Prize Fighter
14 Wild Thing
15 Growing Pains
16 Against the Bottom
Disc 2
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 Light Speed,Present Tense DVD
2 Bloody Poetry
3 Falling From You
4 On the Rocks
5 Sunny Side of Hell
6 Tragic
7 Boogie Man
8 Pressure Cracks
9 No Matter What
10 Vice Grip
11 Heartbreak Hotel
12 Speak Easy
13 Prize Fighter
14 Wild Thing
15 Growing Pains
16 Against the Bottom
Product Attributes
Artist Grieves
Music Format Compact Disc

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