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Jaydiohead


4.0
excellent

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
January 9th, 2009 | 22 replies | 23,734 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: R to the izz-a, d to the izz-i...

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

If you’ve payed even the slightest bit of attention to the “mash-up” phenomenon of the past few years, you’ll have certainly picked up on at least two facts. The first is that when it comes to picking a capella tracks for your mash-ups, Jay-Z is always worth a shot. The second is that pitting Jigga against strange bedfellows is also a surefire winner. Acts like The Beatles (The Grey Album), Metallica (The Double Black Album), Coldplay (Viva la Hova) and even Pavement (The Slack Album) have all had their music cut up and reworked to suit the ever-impressive flows of Sean Carter.

After their first showdown on Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals (“Roc Boys” over “Paranoid Android”), it’s now Radiohead’s turn. Thanks to the work of relative unknown Minty Fresh Beats, Jaydiohead is a daring, ambitious project. Oh, and this one could just be the best of the Hova mashups since The Grey Album.

The premise is quite simple- take a capellas of Jay-Z tracks and place them over reworked Radiohead instrumentals. Through ten Jay tracks, nine Radiohead tracks and one Thom Yorke track, Jaydiohead once again challenges and severely alters the environment in which one normally finds the lyrics. Especially in the case of Radiohead’s music, which could arguably be the most polar opposite, the songs transform significantly under the musical guise of Thom Yorke and friends.
“99 Anthems” as a prime example, drags “99 Problems” from its triumphant and slightly arrogant original habitat and makes it an edgy, paranoid and decidedly angry song with the backdrop of “The National Anthem”; more suited to East London than the streets of New York. “Wrong Prayer”, too, makes Jay’s poverty-stricken storytelling in “Pray” seem that much more sinister when paired with “I Could Be Wrong”; and “Moment of Clarity” is streamlined into commandeering aggression via Radiohead’s “Optimistic” on “Optimistic Moment”.

It’s not all about Hova’s dark side, though: “Dirt Off Your Android” is easily the most energetic and boppy of the lot, whilst the acoustic guitar of “Gagging Order” gives a strange sense of optimism and reflection to “Never Change”. This is especially interesting in the fact that these emotions are the last things that would spring to mind when listening to either of the original cuts. The recomposing of both Jay-Z and Radiohead’s songs on Jaydiohead throughout the album bring out sides of both artists in a subtle yet highly effective way.

Of course, Jigga and Thom doesn’t always agree with their pairings. “All in Step” is a total mess as the 5/4 of In Rainbows opener “15 Step” attempts (and fails) to warp into a time signature that allows “Fallin’” to flow properly. Closing track “Ignorant Swan” fumbles the ball significantly around the point that Beanie Sigel enters Thom Yorke’s “Black Swan” beat (highly disappointing, given the track’s obvious hip-hop potential). The mash-up and production process on behalf of Mr. Minty Fresh is obviously quite raw and just a little amateur. Still, it’s much more often a hit than a miss. The Radiohead samples perfectly select the most crucial, menacing parts of the song and turn them into something that can loop incessantly and not become annoying.

For a first proper attempt at an entire album of mash-ups, there’s certainly enough here on Jaydiohead to impress Jay-Z fans, Radiohead fans and mash-up fans alike.
Get on top of this now before the RIAA shuts it down.

www.jaydiohead.com



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taylormemer
January 9th 2009



4887 Comments


Yeah, so this is an awesome review.

mutatedfreek
January 9th 2009



7351 Comments


I heard of this and thought it was a joke, but your review has made it sound interesting and well worth a listen.This Message Edited On 01.09.09

robin
Emeritus
January 9th 2009



4221 Comments


i could be wrong = i might be wrong? great review.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 9th 2009



4830 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

a bit wordy, but this looks interesting. i wouldn't say this is daring and ambitious though... like everyone and their mom has remixed the black album.
my mom remixed it with carrie underwood and dicks actually
review is a billion times better than your atmosphere review, ill vote

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

AtavanHalen
January 9th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is a billion times better than your atmosphere review

You didn't like my Atmosphere review?
Thanks for the feedback thus far anyway, peeps.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 10th 2009



4830 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

that's the only hiphop-ish review i remember of yours to compare this to, prob cause i didn't like it.

Old Hag Contributor
January 10th 2009



1 Comments


[quote=AtavanHalen]my Atmosphere review?[/quote]

lol

SpinLightTwo
January 10th 2009



1011 Comments


No Karma was real good, but I didn't really dig the rest of it.

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 10th 2009



3743 Comments


this album is terrible

AtavanHalen
January 10th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No Karma was real good, but I didn't really dig the rest of it.

Really? I didn't even think No Karma was the best track on there.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2009



20800 Comments


Great review DavID. Informative & easy to read. I can't ask for much more.
Sounds like the "mash-up" phenomenom is gaining steam to me. Oh well, if it's good, it's good.

AtavanHalen
January 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you have a favourite of the mash-ups, Champ Kind?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2009



20800 Comments


To be honest DavID, I haven't had the pleasure of hearing enough of them to comment. Girl Talk obviously interests me from what I have heard though. Man, did he sell out his upcoming down under shows quickly!

AtavanHalen
January 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know! I was so pissed I missed out on that.

StrizzMatik
January 17th 2009



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Surprisingly good. "Dreaming Up" and "Lucifer's Jigsaw" are pretty awesome, but I totally agree that "Fall In Step" just does not work on any level.

ninjuice
January 17th 2009



6758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good but not great. Viva La Hova and The Grey Album are both better, and of course The Black Album owns all of them.

CelestialDust
July 17th 2009



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow i had no idea this was reviewed, props, i quite like this

CelestialDust
April 26th 2010



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

everyone needs to listen to this

Bulldog
April 26th 2010



3796 Comments


Wow, I was actually about to review this yesterday. I didn't even know there was a review for it.

Urinetrouble
June 19th 2010



5695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules so hard



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