Prefuse 73
One Word Extinguisher


3.5
great

Review

by The Door Mouse USER (29 Reviews)
August 4th, 2007 | 26 replies | 6,742 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Scott Herren features manipulated beats with rhythmic synthesizer and mixes it all with amazing rapping.

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Out of all of the different types of entertainment, movies, fashion, literature, I’d have to say that music has evolved like no other. It can create an entire different genre while still keeping older influences. Take Electronica and Hip-Hop, two very different genres but put together and they create Trip-Hop. Prefuse 73’s mastermind Scott Herren doesn’t stop there as he indulges us with a beautiful blend of Hip-Hop, Electronica, Ambient, Jazz, Lounge and Soul all in one package.

And with such a growth in musical hybrids comes a power. The power to actually temporarily alter your mood and frame of mind from stressed to chilled with heavily manipulated beats, synthesizer lines that go from towering to laid back in an instant and fast punchy rhymes. This album shows the very spacey “Uprock and Invigorate” which features a relaxing, layered soundscape of synthesizer, a smooth lazy bassline and a rhythmic beat. You feel a more jazzy side with “Color of Tempo” and “Dave’s Bonus Beats” with both songs featuring artificial horns over, jazz drums and short samples of female voices. With “Plastic” he milks in the Hip-Hop with rapid-fire rhymes, eerie synthesizer line and a simple yet thumping beat. He ends the album on a relaxing note with calm sounds and soaring synthesizer lines with “Storm Returns and “Trains on Top of Their Game”. After one listen, I assure you will be relaxed.

Rapping wise, he is pristine. He uses catchy rhymes with rapid, quick delivery. For example “Huevos With Jeff and Roni” features a quiet synthesizer and swift rhymes with a short minute and a half of meaningful lyrics with the help of Mr. Lif:

When you tamper with the inner fabric of people’s lives
Expect there to be unsettles scores to equalize
You build a city on feeble lies
Then cry when the ground opens up wide
And swallows your high rise
You live ignorant but expect to die wise
Become insincere with your last breath of air
And nobody knows where you’re going from here
But you can handle change cause it’s something you fear
Release everything that you held dear
Like your car, jewelry, your cash and your career
Don’t forget all of the time you couldn’t spare
To sit down and lend you three children in there


But with his skill comes a flaw. These amazing lyrics are only in a small minority of the songs. You’ll hear a song and love it and then have a 7 or 8 song dry spell of a lack of him rapping. So when you have a large amount of just Techno songs, you start to run out of ideas and consequently, there are many songs here with the same type of structure and rhythm. “Perverted Undertone” is basically the same beat of crescendo synthesizer over and over again for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. However good that one beat can be, it does get extremely repetitive.

The way he gets by with a lot of the Electronica songs is his ability to manipulate a beat so very well. You give Scott an inch he’ll go a mile. Give him the blandest of beats and he will transform it into an interesting cacophony of sudden double basses and an off beat yet well fitting snare to keep you listening throughout the album. What makes it so great is that he’ll take that fascinating beat and blend so perfect with a simple synthesizer melody.

Overall this is a great album to chill to while listening to he broken and fooled-around-with beats and spontaneous synthesizer lines with seldom rapping involved. This is the equivalent to giving your eardrums a massage so you can relax and be stress free for about an hour with one listen to this.

Pros:
Great chill album
Manipulated beats
Simple rhythmic synthesizer
Amazing rapping

Cons:
Too little rapping
The many Techno songs get very repetitive

Recommended tracks:
Plastic
Uprock and Invigorate
Color of Temp
Huevos with Jeff and Roni



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Comments:Add a Comment 
The Door Mouse
August 4th 2007



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review for the Random Album Game. I'm leaving now so I wont get your feedback until about 2 hours

dub sean
August 4th 2007



980 Comments


double!

The Door Mouse
August 4th 2007



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Chea, no kidding. It hurts me more than you.

Otisbum
August 4th 2007



1912 Comments


I'll look into this group. Sounds interesting.

Kaleid
August 4th 2007



710 Comments


Never heard of this before. The repetitive techno bits put me off it a little, but I'll still check it out. You described the sound very well, although I would have liked more comments on individual songs, like your 2nd paragraph. But then, I'm just obsessed with detailsThis Message Edited On 08.04.07

The Door Mouse
August 4th 2007



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally I'm back at 94% approval. Thank you for the comments.

ToWhatEnd
August 4th 2007



3172 Comments


You ever think about making another account and resubmitting all your reviews over the course of a month to avoid all the doubles?

metallicaman8
August 4th 2007



4677 Comments


Kind of short, but nice review.

Otisbum
August 4th 2007



1912 Comments


No free songs on their website.

Zebra
Moderator
August 4th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album delivers the goods but it really drags towards the end.

The Door Mouse
August 4th 2007



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah it kinda does

blackmilk
August 4th 2007



584 Comments


Okay review. The lyrics take up way too much space.

The Door Mouse
August 4th 2007



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was debating whether I should put the whole thing in.

convergejd
January 17th 2009



32 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the songs with rapping/lyrics are the worst (that doesn't mean they're bad; in fact, they're great). I prefer the instrumental tracks much more, though.

MrCalum
March 26th 2010



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not much of a hip-hop listener but downloaded this because i already had some of his stuff
seems pretty good, love some of the instrumental tracks, the beats are rad
give it a couple more listens before bump

Underflow
July 20th 2013



2529 Comments


On my first listen and even though I'm only on Plastic, I'd just like to say that this is fantastic

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2013



3408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yeah bumped this bitch up to a 4 average

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2013



6387 Comments


This seriously rules so far.

Digging: Vessel - Punish, Honey

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 9th 2013



3408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yep, it's true. i'm writing a review in which i call it entroducing's little brother because that's kinda the sense I get

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2013



6387 Comments


Reminds me very much of Flylo actually. They're both on Warp, so they have at least some connection, but there some really similar sounds as well.



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