Injury Reserve
Live From The Dentist Office


3.5
great

Review

by jtswope USER (96 Reviews)
August 31st, 2015 | 32 replies


Release Date: 07/21/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Live from the Dentist Office showcases an up-and-coming hip-hop trio with an infectious personality and a knack for winning songs.

If Injury Reserve’s debut project is any indication of the group’s potential, there are some great reasons to be excited. First, this Arizona hip-hop trio has a knack for crafting songs that burst with infectious energy in the form of clever wordplay, quirky hooks, and unpredictable structures. Second, it’s refreshing to hear another up-and-coming act with such a striking degree of personality to offer. Injury Reserve clearly are influenced by various forms of jazz rap and atmospheric hip-hop, but they have a certain charm that pushes them slightly left of many of their contemporaries while simultaneously keeping their music fun and inviting.

Live from the Dentist Office has a sleek and modern sound, which it uses to balance its livelier moments with its smoother, laid-back detours. Parker Corey's glossy production complements both of its MC’s rugged deliveries and provides a high level of interactivity. A perfect example is the loveable opener “Yo”, which brings the horn section in as a stunning jolt of energy once the rapping becomes more powerful. The calm piano-driven beat of “Friday” devolves into messier and dirtier horns and synths as its tale of indulgence grows more sordid. Plus, the tradeoff between Ritchie with a T and Stepa J. Groggs on the verses is just as invigorating. Across the tracklist, the two tackle personal struggles like aimlessness, lust, romance, and persistence. On “Whatever Dude” Ritchie with a T sets his sights on unconditional success with the line “But it’s okay. We gonna make it someday whether it’s 2028 or Sunday.” Given the group’s earnestness and self-aware technique, one can’t help but root for them.

Furthermore, Injury Reserve’s sense of humor resonates incredibly well, maintaining a degree of levity and irrefutable fun. A lot of this immediacy is conveyed through the trio’s hooks, which work well because they remain true to the group’s style rather than acting as overly polished and sugary speed bumps. The hooks on songs like “Whatever Dude”, “Wow”, and “Whiplash” are delightfully catchy and eccentric. “45” is one of the warmest tracks with its smooth jazz skeleton and sing-along refrain. However, not all the tracks are as outgoing. “Washed Up”, for instance, has a more cynical and withdrawn disposition, conveying the viewpoint that everyone around them is on autopilot.

Nonetheless, the portions of the album’s second half lack some of the spirit of the first. The airy “ttktv”, for instance, is an alluring and welcome change-up, but grows a tad repetitive by the end of its nearly seven-minute run. The closing track “Falling” is a conceptually clichéd love song that doesn’t quite consummate the album in a satisfying manner. These weaker moments do not derail the excitement of the rest of the album, yet they simply underwhelm at best.

Live from the Dentist Office provides solid entertainment from its euphonic, detailed beats to its animated frontmen. It houses some of the strongest hip-hop songs of the year and has plenty to offer in terms of conflicting moods and subjects. The record is relatable from a lyrical standpoint and ear-grabbing from a production standpoint. Injury Reserve are incredibly genuine, and while they’ve made it clear that they will continue to strive for larger success, this project indicates that they’re closer than they may think.

Favorite Tracks:
Whatever Dude
Wow
Yo
Whiplash
45

Original Post: http://re-viewsmagazine.com/injury-reserve-live-dentist-office/



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wtferrothorn
August 30th 2015


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad this got reviewed

deathschool
August 30th 2015


23972 Comments


Sweet. Will read

initforthelisten
September 1st 2015


44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Agree for the most part but I thought 'ttktv' was one of the better tracks on the tape, and I wish there were more/longer verses throughout.

jtswope
October 23rd 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks! ttktv to me has a great sound to it, so production-wise it's very cool, but as a song it goes on a little too long.

LotusFlower
August 16th 2016


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is amazing, wheres the love?

TumsFestival
September 11th 2016


2460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is just so terrific

FullOfSounds
October 26th 2016


15771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lovin this

wtferrothorn
December 14th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New one is less than a hour away for me. So hyyyped, the singles have been non-stop bangers

deathschool
December 14th 2016


23972 Comments


There's a new one? nice. This had some bangers.

wtferrothorn
December 14th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yup, though they seem to be deviating away from jazz rap, based off the singles. Still great songs nonetheless.

deathschool
December 14th 2016


23972 Comments


I ain't even trippin', it's whatever dude. : D

wtferrothorn
December 14th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ayyyyyy

jtswope
December 15th 2016


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, new one dropped!

wtferrothorn
December 15th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New record is the shit

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2016


2846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Singles were great, can't wait to listen.

deathschool
December 17th 2016


23972 Comments


Okay, the new album is just fun as fuck

FullOfSounds
December 17th 2016


15771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bangs for days

VaxXi
December 17th 2016


4403 Comments


Floss is outstanding. Bangs for days [2]

Scoot
December 18th 2016


19230 Comments


floss is hot fire

JigglyPDiddy
March 3rd 2017


3376 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This INTENSELY grew on me this past month. Like, wow wow wow.



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