Dessa
False Hopes


3.5
great

Review

by Are You A Wizard? USER (19 Reviews)
August 9th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whilst only being a five track EP, Dessa still uses False Hopes to showcase all of her skills

Maggie Wander AKA Dessa/Dessa Darling is a female emcee, singer and poet from Minneapolis Minnesota. She is part of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, which also features P.O.S. among its numbers. False Hopes is Dessa’s first individual release after guesting on a number of tracks on previous Doomtree albums.

Whilst only being a five track EP, Dessa still uses False Hopes to showcase all of her skills. This includes switching between rapid fire, multiple-syllable rapping (Mineshaft) to melodic singing (Kites),both of which are performed solidly and with enough emotion and conviction to compel the listener. As with P.O.S.' style of blending hip-hop with his punk and rock influences, False Hopes shows Dessa’s similar influences. The beats are primarily drum based and occasionally feature samples, although the backing is overall subdued with the main focus being on the vocal performances.

Another aspect of Dessa's style which may interest fans of P.O.S. is the lyrical content. Dessa steers away from the lyrical topics heard in mainstream hip-hop and prefers to draw on personal aspect, social issues and politics. Whilst this is nothing revolutionary it works well with Dessa’s delivery style and gives the tracks an interesting mood angle and despite the downcast approach to the lyrics there are still vocal and musical hooks to be found, keeping the songs interesting and re-listenable. A number of Doomtree members (Cecil Otter, Sims) also guest on some tracks which helps in bringing some diversity to the EP, not that it’s needed; the five tracks all have their own parts which define them (the choruses in “Mineshaft” and “Everything Floats”, the mostly sung track ambient-esque track “Kites” and the slightly more upbeat backing track in “Press On”) the guest parts just help to add to the appeal of the EP.

With all the tracks running at under and around three minutes long, False Hopes passes by in around a quarter of an hour but still manages to offer listeners a brief taste of what Dessa has to offer. Which is a solid female emcee with rhymes and a delivery style to rival her male peers, whilst also adding in some catchy melodic singing parts and is short enough to leave them wanting more. The EP also shows that Dessa certainly has a lot of talent and suggests that a future full length release will definitely be worth hearing.



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Phantom
August 9th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Short and sexy, just like me.

Tried to find some lyric examples to talk about but couldn't so there.

Recommended to anyone who liked "Low Light, Low Life" on Never Better. Will probably be ignored by most people, which is a shame because it's solid.



Roach
August 9th 2009


2148 Comments


Good review, I might like this so I might check it out.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2009


8368 Comments


great review man, I don't know why I read it though since this is definitely not my style hahaha

Phantom
August 9th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha true. Thanks for reading and commenting though, loks like this album/review is going to fade into oblivion. =(

Still good to do a quick review after 2 weeks away though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2009


8368 Comments


well here's to hoping some hip-hop fans will check this review out

Phantom
August 9th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 9th 2009


4950 Comments


dessa's decent, pretty cute. she's the only one in doomtree besides POS that i like.

catsinflats
August 10th 2009


129 Comments


good review

cecil otter is another member of doomtree who has a pretty good solo album out which people sjould check out

Phantom
August 10th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah Cecil is ok, but I agree with Sobhi, Dessa and POS are my favourite Doomtree members and probably the most consistent.

Mike Mictlan is pretty good though.



Hollow
August 10th 2009


263 Comments


That was a good review, made your opinion perfectly clear, I enjoyed reading it.Unfortunately I know little to nothing about this artist but glad to hear that some female rappers out there still trying to do their thing and no mainstream bullshit.

Blindsided
August 22nd 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for doing this review. I've been looking into getting it for a while. pos.

Phantom
August 22nd 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely get it. Dessa is quickly becoming one of my favourite artistsm something about her flow and the singing which catches me. I want a full length so much.

Blindsided
August 23rd 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty sure she has been pushing back the full length for a couple years now. It's yet again been slated for late 2009 or early 2010.

Maniac!
September 7th 2010


26250 Comments


she has great oral skills.





















What? I meant flow and lyrics, you perverts.



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