Dark Time Sunshine
Cornucopia


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
December 28th, 2010 | 32 replies | 8,739 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still red-hot from the release of the critically acclaimed 'Vessel', Dark Time Sunshine show that they are not content with resting upon their laurels.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Dark Time Sunshine are on a roll. In the beginning of this year, using production counter to the region DTS calls home, the northwestern group crafted an album that merges compelling lyricism with beats comparable to the giants and classics of modern day ‘indie rap’. Vessel essentially shot Dark Time Sunshine to the top of most hip-hop 'best of 2010' lists, if not the best albums of the year. Yet with 2010 coming to a wrap in little time, Dark Time Sunshine show up once again to show the scene that they are not quick to rest on the laurels of the praise and accomplishments of their discography and have released yet another album in no time at all, Cornucopia.

There is certain catch factor that makes Dark Time Sunshine such a joy to listen to in your headphones, speakers, whatever way you listen to music, and Cornucopia is not absent in that. The catchy beats, the thought-provoking lyrics, all tied together by a wonder delivery by emcee Ludwig makes Cornucopia just as exciting to listen to as Vessel. Starting off with the eerie, nigh-science fiction inspired beats of the opening track ‘Gigantic I Rep’, Dark Time Sunshine continue on the success of Vessel with yet another helping of cleverly crafted rhymes. It is one hundred percent apparent that Dark Time Sunshine have not lost any of the momentum that their debut started; Cornucopia showcases the flow of emcee Ludwig and producer Lair to a clean shine, a crisp offering of ten tracks that carries the torch of Vessel towards the new year. To be honest, it’s quite surprising. While most rappers in the same scene as DTS would be content to wait two, maybe three or more, years to release another new album, or just continue to release mixtape after mixtape, Dark Time Sunshine seem to be bursting out the seams with musical creativity and integrity by the fact that Cornucopia not only stands as an entirely separate album outside of itself, but holds tracks that don’t seemed rushed, carelessly put together or blandly re-done. While the album doesn’t truly start to take off at around the half-way point, individual tracks like ‘Visitor’, ‘Jump For Joy’ and ‘Planetarium’ bleed emotion, flow and swagger comparable to any of the tracks of their earlier album. ‘Blood Stained Thrones’ is a superb track, featuring emcees Sapient and Xperience, that marries both west and east coast style mic play, all pulled together by mid-west style production. While this may seem like a mess on paper, it’s truly remarkable of the chemistry and compatibility that emerges from this wordplay.

Yet, while Cornucopia is an exemplary album on its own, it doesn’t offer any new ideas for Dark Time Sunshine. The fact of the matter still remains: it has only been mere months since DTS’s latest album, so the fact that while some tracks on their second album stand up to Vessel, Dark Time Sunshine still sound stylistically and sonically similar to their debut, frustratingly so unfortunately. Yet it can’t be helped, Cornucopia could be considered Vessel part two, but given the time between albums, it will not be counted against Dark Time Sunshine in any major sense.

Ludwig and Lair are clearly talented emcees and producers. Their star shines so bright that they bleed potential. Cornucopia could be seen as a literal metaphor to the two as a hip-hop duo. Bursting out with a cornucopia of beats, ideas and musical integrity, Dark Time Sunshine show that they are not content with resting on their laurels and craft an album that continues upon the success of their prior releases, further cementing their legacy and name throughout the indie rap scene. Other emcees and producers alike, please take note…



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liledman
December 28th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

first paragraph is kinda weird, and i wouldnt italicise track names - use that for album names.

There is certain catch factor that makes Dark Time Sunshine such a joy to listen to in your headphones, speakers, whatever way you listen to music, and Cornucopia is not absent in that factor


what is that factor?

while Cornucopia alone is an exemplary album on its own


alone or on its own, pick one

Dark Time Sunshine still sound stylistically and sonically similar to their debut, frustratingly so unfortunately. Yet it can’t be helped, Cornucopia could be considered Vessel part two


i would say its sounds similar to their actually debut, believeyoume, as the production is a little more on the darker side. i wouldnt say its vessel pt 2 at all.


sorry to pick all of this out but it had to be done.

Bulldog
December 28th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

tryna get a leg up on the competition, eh TLIG?

is the listed release date for this (september 1st, 2010) correct?

liledman
December 28th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im not too sure on the exact date bulldog, i added it to the database with the intention to find the exact day in september it was released, but seem to have forgotten to do so...

Bulldog
December 28th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

gonna listen and probably review

cvlts
December 28th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

re-worded, edited a couple things, yarda yarda... 'preicate it liled

album is awesome. and not too sure of the exact date, bool

liledman
December 28th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah these guys are turning into one of those artists that once i start listening to a couple of tracks, i just end up bingeing on all their stuff

Bulldog
December 28th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

not same here they are about 1 or 2 boring albums away from me going fuck their shit

cvlts
December 28th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

wow you would.

liledman
December 28th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

boring i think not, but i would be quite interested in a review from you on this, if it elaborated a little more on being 'boring'.

cvlts
December 28th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

well tbh I initially thought that of Vessel

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 28th 2010



10585 Comments


This is a great review by a great reviewer, but in mentioning Sohbi and Sputnik, the review loses relevancy. I mean, for someone not familiar with the site, the first few sentences would read as confusing and unnecessary. What is here is great, but that beginning really needs some work, man.

Digging: United Nations - The Next Four Years

cvlts
December 28th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Take that

Xenophanes
Emeritus
December 28th 2010



10585 Comments




That's the money, great review. Pos.

KritikalMotion
December 28th 2010



2261 Comments


wow i didnt even know this existed

Romulus
December 28th 2010



8413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like this but while vessel blew me away this was just solid. would've liked a little more from it but maybe it'll grow with some more listens.

Inveigh
December 28th 2010



24820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whoa I didn't even know this existed

good review Dante

cvlts
December 28th 2010



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

prolly gonna bump the rating on this, sounds pretty awesome.

Oceanus
December 30th 2010



877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this in stores anywhere?

liledman
December 30th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it was a limited tour release only. 500 copies i think.

Inveigh
December 30th 2010



24820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is good



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