Dante Alighieri

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Last Active 10-31-14 4:50 pm
Joined 03-28-07

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03.28.11 4 Year 4 Albums03.26.11 Q1 In Hardcore
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4 Year 4 Albums

Four years on this fucking website. Here's the four albums that have basically defined my existence on this site.
4The Olivia Tremor Control
Dusk At Cubist Castle Dusk-at-Cubist-Castle/. This album basically made me fall in love with Elephant 6, indie music, and The Beatles, all in one.
Modal Soul

What makes Jun Seba (aka. Nujabes) (RIP) so amazing is not just simply this album, but nearly everything that Jun has touched. Whether it be Metaphorical Music or his Hydeout Production compilations, every thing that Nujabes has made is practically gold. While the term 'jazz-hop' has been around since nearly the dawn of hip-hop, Nujabes was the one who perfected it. Adding a missing touch of Japanese smooth jazz, his beats were so immaculate that even the sometime lackluster guest emcee spots seem to sound better and acceptable. Great for any time of day, for any mood, and is a great opener into either the realm of more hardcore- oriented hip-hop, or even smooth jazz alone. His compilation albums are also great gateways into discovering artists and musicians that follow the same ethos as Jun, yet are tragically overlooked.

What makes this album so great in my book is how restrained it feels. Where I (One) just seemed to be mostly a chaotic hardcore mess, II feels more held back, more brooding and indomitable. While I wouldn't go so far as to call II more mainstreamed, it is definitely a more streamlined sound. Yet for all its accessibly, there's a hint of inaccessibility found on II. Some factor that invites even the casual listener in yet, in the end, winds up throwing the proverbial middle finger up right when you're about to become comfortable with each track. But every facet of this album is compounded by the overall feeling of evilness found on this track, as II is undoubtedly the most evil album that Cursed, and their past projects, have ever done.
1Modern Life is War
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