CunninLynguists
Dirty Acres


4.0
excellent

Review

by BigHans USER (108 Reviews)
March 18th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The lies, the shame, the truth, the hurt, the music, the soul, it's all in the dirt.

Not counting the “Strange Journey” mix tapes, CunninLynguists’ 4th studio release, “Dirty Acres,” is almost unfairly bookended by two monstrous albums, rendering its existence nearly forgettable. “A Piece of Strange” dropped a year prior, and the incredible depth and epic scope of that album overshadows the majority of their discography, let alone a great deal of Hip Hop in general. “Oneirology” officially drops next week, and the record’s massive atmospheric soundscapes mirror a colossal event, even if the general public will continue to ignore Hip Hop that doesn’t come with a backpack. These monoliths are notable achievements for CunninLynguists, but it would be unfair to ignore the stepchild in the middle of their two best works. “Dirty Acres” is not their best effort, yet is measurably solid and the chill-tastic serenity of its multiple layers prescribe more than essential listening, it demands respect for a group that is exceptionally consistent.

“Dirty Acres” is not a concept album like its bookending brothers. There are no loosely based treatises on the fleeting concepts of personal morality vs. the struggle of everyday life, or how the scope of dreams supersedes our subconscious and mirrors life at an aesthetic level. If “Dirty Acres” has a concept at all, it’s totally embroiled with the word “chill.” Kno and Deacon the Villian have embraced maturity ever since being “thugged out since cub-scouts” and f*ckin with just about everybody on their debut “Will Rap For Food.” That level of maturity grew at an exponential rate on “A Piece of Strange,” and “Dirty Acres” does not rival its predecessor in terms of transcending depth in Hip Hop. While “A Piece of Strange” and “Oneirology” might send a listener into an overpowering contemplative mode, “Dirty Acres” screams for one to just grab a beer, head to the park, and chill for the day. One could argue that the lack of any distinguishable fire is a weakness, but “Dirty Acres” is tightly executed, pulling off its intentions with ease.

The flow of “Dirty Acres” is much smoother than their other works, most notably because they are not constantly changing between sky-high atmospherics and more traditional bangin’ Hip-Hop fare. This entire exercise is subdued without being morose, rendering itself as relaxing Hip Hop with brains. Kno’s focus behind the boards is primarily acoustic guitars and subdued, gliding synths, and the subject matter is more about the state of Hip-Hop than some advanced intellectual concept. Cuts like “Valley of Death,” “Georgia,” “Gun,” and “K.K.K.Y” address relevant social issues, but their serious subject matter is belied by the relaxing flow of the beats. The album’s greatest moments however are ironically fashioned by the less challenging efforts. “Wonderful” is a standout, with Devin the Dude stopping by to drop the cleanest sex rap he’s ever conceived, effortlessly trading with Deacon on a ride that sounds like LL Cool J when he had a semblance of a clue on how to produce adequate Hip Hop. “Yellow Lines” is about p*ssy, yet surprisingly intellectual. It’s definitely about hoes, but it’s a lot more subtle than what we are used to and a refreshing change of pace. “Mexico” is the closer, and is a perfect summation for the album’s flow, an effortless, relaxing jam that rides comfortably in its own subtlety.

The story on “Dirty Acres” is it will never be a borderline masterpiece like their top two albums, but it proves that CunninLynguists, and in particular Kno, have come a long way since trying to combine the sophomoric platitudes of early Eminem and the more melodic overtones of Goodie Mob like they did at their inception. “Dirty Acres” is a mature record, yet there is no challenge in enjoying it. The intended goal is quite obviously the opposite, transcribing a strong sense of effortlessness. Not every redeeming aspect of CunninLynguists is on display on “Dirty Acres,” but it’s easy, gliding atmosphere stamps the notion they are one of the more consistent groups in Hip-Hop.



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BigHans
March 18th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needed a review anyway, felt it was a good time with all the love for their new album.

Psilocyanide
March 18th 2011


1823 Comments


Their worst studio album, yet still at least a 3.5.

ButcheredChildren
March 18th 2011


5591 Comments


Pos'd and agree with the rating
solid album even if its not their best

bloc
March 18th 2011


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't heard this yet, but it's on my PC. I am not doubting it will be good.

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BigHans
March 18th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like it a little better than Southern Underground and I think its on par with Will Rap For Food. But it doesn't touch a Piece of Strange or the new one.

Idnuf
March 18th 2011


1491 Comments


Yeah prob their worst but still head and shoulders above most other shit coming out right now. Kinda annoys me that everyone acts like they've always been big fans even though they were introduced through Death is Silent.

Tyrael
March 18th 2011


20877 Comments


You keep surprising me BigHans. Pos.

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BigHans
March 18th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Tyraelxy.

Idnuf, I still haven't heard Death is Silent. I fell in love pretty quickly when I heard Piece of Strange for the first time about 6 months ago. Have been jamming them pretty consistently ever since.

SeaAnemone
March 18th 2011


20321 Comments


This review is so bad, I'd give it the death sentence.




Kidding, kidding Hans... nice review though, it's nice seeing hip-hop reviews besides Bulldogs' and Hawks'.

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BigHans
March 18th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol Sea, that was actually a lot of fun for me yesterday. Was fucking with you so hard.

Idnuf
March 18th 2011


1491 Comments


@BigHans xD I've been jamming them pretty consistently ever since 2005 when I heard about Love Aint on a forum thread about conscious rap. That's really the only reason I get annoyed, cuz I've been repping them forever and then people who have just heard about them are quick to talk about how great they are and shit. I'm sure you can relate with some other band.

And yeah, this review is really damn good, I quite like your reviews in general, even if you don't do them all the time. What's really annoying is Hawks giving every rap album ever a 5/5 and going around parading rap all of the sudden.

BigHans
March 18th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I can see what you're saying about the subject of discovering something long before everyone else, and thanks for the comment, I actually tried to right a more normal review this time. But I aint got no beef with Hawks, he's my bro.

somberlain
March 18th 2011


2121 Comments


“Dirty Acres” screams for one to just grab a beer, head to the park, and chill for the day.

nice
pos'd

ConsiderPhlebas
March 18th 2011


6157 Comments


Sweet review. Need more by these guys, probably gonna get this.

bloc
March 19th 2011


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first song on this could have used a beat tbh...

BigHans
March 21st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So you liked it Bloc?

bloc
March 21st 2011


34854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album? Hell yeah.

But you can tell it's not quite up to par as the rest.

BigHans
March 21st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah its not on par with their two best but its still damn solid.

Hawks
March 21st 2011


35824 Comments


What's really annoying is Hawks giving every rap album ever a 5/5 and going around parading rap all of the sudden.

That's funny, because I'm pretty sure I never gave "every rap album ever" a 5/5, and I've been listening to rap for years, but just recently got back into it heavily within the last 4 or 5 months. So...yeah.

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BigHans
March 21st 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hawks is catching way too much shit from his fellow Black Metal Fags for liking Hip Hop

Hip Hop>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Black Metal



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