Horrorshow
The Grey Space


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Nelson USER (12 Reviews)
October 17th, 2014 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Welcome to the manifesto of a man who stood the test of time."

The Horrorshow consists of producer Adit and vocalist Solo, who were both attending Fort Street High School when they released their debut album entitled The Grey Space. Showing lyrical maturity beyond their seventeen years of age, the album deals with all sorts of themes, from the duo coming to terms with their sudden success in their native Australian scene to worrying about doing something worthwhile in their lives before they’re pushing up daisies. The album is for the most part chilled out hip hop with a jazz influence that’s very reminiscent of Atmosphere's older material. The Grey Space is relaxing gem that’s even more impressive considering how old Adit and Solo were when they made it.

The album’s eloquent and quaint instrumentation gives the record a very laid back vibe. The drumming, particularly the use of the cymbals, keeps a steady and resounding beat that supports Solo’s admittedly strong flow. The use of a diverse array of instruments help to give Horrorshow’s debut record a unique atmosphere on each separate track. “Waiting for the 5.04” has a jazzy lounge feel, with nicely played horns coming in to flesh out the song’s relaxing atmosphere. The next song has a completely different vibe, being more upbeat and confrontational. The looped harmonica on “The Party Life” is also an intriguing musical oddity that isn’t seen on many other tracks. It also meshes with the hushed harmonic backing vocals admirably. “The Note to Self (No. 81)” closes things off with a killer guitar solo, standing out as the record’s defining rock moment. The Grey Space is very ambitious musically, being able to dabble in/explore multiple genres. All musical flourishes found on the record are well thought out and implemented, no complaints here.

The lyrical content is very poignant, and not your standard drugs and hoes fare. “Dire Straits Pt.1” specifically hits close to home. “He’s just another lost soul who blocks out the world with his headphones”. Solo vividly describes his personal relationship problems and issues that are plaguing his young mind, and as a narrator he’s very sympathetic. Under the chipper veneer of this Australian teenager is the soul of a old man. He’s very appreciative of his newfound success and he’s raring for more fame and glory, but at the same time he’s questioning his worth and how to make the best of our limited time on earth. He tackles a variety of different subjects in his lyrics, and while we will never get the experience of being a professional rapper, he still somehow makes his personal experiences relatable. His rapping while solid is never that awe inspiring. Anyone could spit these lines with enough practice. Solo doesn’t create any complex rhythmic schemes that could make a song by itself. They have to supported by a sick beat to be worthwhile. The spoken word sections of the album while at times lewd have oddly enough a classic film noir vibe, especially with the swelling horns on “The Party Life”

None of The Grey Space would work if each aspect of this greatly constructed record didn’t fit together just right. Nothing feels out of place, each adding to its jazzy and elegant atmosphere. Solo’s intelligent lyrics make all the difference when his rapping style is so ordinary, but it at least it complements the chilled out instrumentation. The Grey Space is a stunner of a hip hop record filled with unbridled optimism. If you ever feel like relaxing after a long and tedious day of work give The Grey Space a spin. It’s a sure fire way to brighten up your day.



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scottpilgrim10
October 16th 2014


4443 Comments


I wrote this for the review a random album game, I'm glad I got to do a write up on this album, because it rules.

Feedback is appreciated as always.

ExplosiveOranges
October 16th 2014


3884 Comments


The Horrorshow consists of producer Adit and vocalist Solo who were both attending Fort Street High
School when they released their debut album entitled The Grey Space.


Throw in a comma between "Solo" and "who".

the album deals with the duo coming to terms with their sudden success in their native Australian scene
to worrying about doing something worthwhile in their lives before they’re pushing up daisies


Idk, this sentence feels kinda awkwardly structured. Try "the album deals with all sorts of themes, from
the duo coming to terms with their sudden success in their native Australian scene to worrying about doing
something worthwhile in their lives before they’re pushing up daisies".

The drumming particularly the use of the cymbals keeps a steady and resounding beat that supports
Solo’s admittedly strong flow.


Again, awkward sentence structure. Throw in a comma after "drumming" and "particularly", and add another
one between "cymbals" and "keeps".

has a jazzy lounge feel with nicely played horns

Again, commas are your friend. Get one between "feel" and "with".

The next song has a completely different vibe being more upbeat and confrontational

Commas. Throw one between "vibe" and "being".

being able to pull off multiple genres

Reads kinda awkwardly. Try rephrasing it as "being able to dabble in/explore multiple genres".

new found

Newfound is one word, no matter what Microsoft Word says.

and while we will never get the experience of being a professional rapper. He still somehow makes his
personal experiences relatable.


Second sentence is a fragment. Throw in a comma after "rapper" and add in the clause.

it’s jazzy and elegant atmosphere

Alright, let's get this over with:

It's = IT FUCKING IS

Its = SOMETHING THAT FUCKING BELONGS TO IT

Aight? Overall, minus those grammatical errors, good review. Pos.

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RoundOnEndHiInMiddle
October 16th 2014


357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

more people should listen to this, this is too good not to be recognized. good review, man, have a pos.

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
October 16th 2014


1900 Comments


Oranges just laid yo ass out boi

Nice review, pos

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2014


6560 Comments


Fucking awesome to see you review the album you were assigned so quickly haha, hard pos.

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scottpilgrim10
October 16th 2014


4443 Comments


Wow he definitely did, and I even thought about the it's its thing while writing the review. Still thanks a
ton for pointing out all those grammatical errors. I went back and fixed all of the mistakes.

RoundOnEndHiInMiddle your username is a mouthful, and yeah this definitely deserves more listens. You should
review their second album.

Thanks for all the postive feedback guys! and Judio! thanks for letting me take part in the game so late,
maybe I'll actually pick an album for somebody else to review next year.



ExplosiveOranges
October 16th 2014


3884 Comments


No problem, dude. Review looks much better now. Good to see somebody actually going through with their commitment to the album game.

scottpilgrim10
October 16th 2014


4443 Comments


To quote BMDrummer:

"it's amazing how lazy some of you are smh"



I've had an itch to review lately.

ExplosiveOranges
October 16th 2014


3884 Comments


Sadly, I've had mad writer's block lately :P

scottpilgrim10
October 16th 2014


4443 Comments


I can't even imagine how much that must suck. At least you've been pretty productive lately, with 3 reviews done this month and all.

ExplosiveOranges
October 16th 2014


3884 Comments


I've been working on one for the past few days, but I've barely gotten anything done. Thanks for the support, though.

scottpilgrim10
October 16th 2014


4443 Comments


No problem.



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