Milo
So The Flies Don't Come


4.0
excellent

Review

by Preston USER (14 Reviews)
November 20th, 2015 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is not the Milo you fell asleep to in 2014.

“Overrrrconfidence, is the greatest enemy!”

Milo probably decided to include that audio clip at the end of opening track “Rabblerouse” because this entire album seems to be doing its best to prove that statement wrong. Before this album, I would have never used the words “Milo” and “confident” in the same sentence. Mumbled lines about ethical principles that found themselves wandering into the background of lush, spacey beats appeared to be Milo's niche that he seemed perfectly comfortable with having. Not that his releases have been necessarily bad; both I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here and Things That Happen At Day / Things That Happen At Night proved that Milo is an able-bodied rapper and a genuinely witty lyricist, but while listening to his first commercial release from last year, A Toothpaste Suburb, it's difficult to not slip into somewhat of a comatose state. The beats were just a little too lush, the clever quips were too few and far-between, and Milo himself simply just sounded a bit too unsure of himself.

Nobody could have predicted just how much of a left-turn So The Flies Don't Come is. Even if they could, they certainly could not have predicted how well the final product turned out to be. Kenny Segal, who produces the entire album, provides jazz-influenced beats that work so well under Milo's newly-found confident flow that it'd be surprising if they don't decide to work together for the next record. The instrumentals on tracks such as “Souvenir” and “Napping Under The Echo Tree” carry over the “lush” tones of instrumentals found on previous albums, but Kenny has just enough going on in each beat that it never seems dull or repetitive, but also never overshadows Milo's rapping.

Lyrically, Milo seems to be distancing himself from the nerd-rap style he had early in his career. He still maintains his extensive vocabulary, but here he tends to use his large pool of words to work towards a central idea (which can be seen best on “Zen Scientist”) as opposed to merely coming off as verbose. Much of his previous work has lyrically consisted of a string of vague one-liners, while on this record you can see Milo focusing on topics, which effectively provides some background and meaning for the clever one-liners littered throughout, such as on the anti-sell out track “Re: Animist”. The verses on this track that come before his story of Jason Derulo being signed by Wal-Mart make the story vastly more interesting. This is because we get to hear some lyrics that skirt around and tease the topic of selling out, and the Jason Derulo story is used to hit the nail on the head.

Milo's lyrical improvement paves the way for the most clear issue on the album, which is the verses from featured artists. Other than the witty verse from Open Mike Eagle on “True Nen” that perfectly complements Milo, the featured rappers seem inferior. Hemlock Ernst starts his verse on “Souvenir” awkwardly with the line “Got many styles, this time just tryna follow Milo”, but thanks to a few choice lyrics later, as well as a stellar beat, his verse is tolerable. The glaring example of this issue, however, is on “Going No Place” featuring Elucid. Elucid isn't awful on the track, but he doesn't seem to have anything interesting to rap about. Also, starting his verse with the lines “I wear my pants how I wear my pants / throw up my hands but I might not dance” after Milo dropped lines such as “The black man's Bruce Banner is an eye camera” on the same exact track makes the track itself feel uneven.

So The Flies Don't Come is Milo at his most versatile, engaging, confident, and perhaps most importantly, accessible. Through jazzy beats and precise storytelling, Milo proves that not only is his career one to be excitedly followed, but also that confidence is, in fact, not the greatest enemy.



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TumsFestival
November 20th 2015


2467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So surprised this hadn't been reviewed yet, so I gave it a whirl.

initforthelisten
November 20th 2015


44 Comments


I find the following line a bit awkward: "but while listening to his first commercial release from last year, A Toothpaste Suburb, it was difficult to listen to without slipping into somewhat of a comatose state."

I think it's the idea that you set up the verb "listen" twice so that you're "listening" while you "listen" - if that makes any sense at all.

Anyway, awesome review. I was planning on reviewing this, but probably never would've, and you do it much better than I could have. I agree for the most part, probably his best release under the Milo name, but I thought Hemlock Ernst was quite endearing.

TumsFestival
November 20th 2015


2467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do agree that it sounds a bit awkward, I'll see what I can do. Thanks for the feedback!

elephantREVOLUTION
November 21st 2015


2996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

been listening to this a lot the last couple weeks. an encyclopedia is probably my favorite track

Ryus
November 21st 2015


18235 Comments


nice

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


52825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"This is not the Milo you fell asleep to in 2014."



there was no Milo I fell asleep to in 2014 so ???

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TumsFestival
November 21st 2015


2467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pots review this

Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


52825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"but while listening to his first commercial release from last year, A Toothpaste Suburb, it was difficult to listen to without slipping into somewhat of a comatose state."



yeah it sounds awkward because u basically repeated yourself in the same sentence. it should be something like



"but while listening to his first commercial release from last year, A Toothpaste Suburb, it was difficult not to slip into a state of comatose"



Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 21st 2015


52825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dunno if u already fixed that i just read it in the comments :O

TumsFestival
November 21st 2015


2467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fix'd yea

LotusFlower
November 21st 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty nifty

TheCrocodile
November 22nd 2015


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

toothpaste>>

Ryus
November 22nd 2015


18235 Comments


ye toothpaste is better

jtswope
November 22nd 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is cool agreed.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2015


16472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

when leo dicaprio sounds more natural saying nigga than you do, you should probably stop forcing it in every other song.

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
November 22nd 2015


52825 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i actually was pretty surprised he was droppin so many 'n' bombs on here because correct me if im wrong but didnt he have like a big twitter bitch fit about white people usin the 'n' word literally just earlier this year?



cuz thats super hypocritical unless he was being ironic cuz this dude hella not black

TheCrocodile
November 22nd 2015


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agred

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2015


16472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah he was complaining about death grips i think

BigDixRLameStix
November 23rd 2015


124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he called Ride a token black guy because the title of the first disc for TPTB is Niggas on the Moon

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 23rd 2015


16472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i mean, I can empathize with the guy being a halfrican and everything and whitey still talkin shit when their friends are around but I think it's gotten to his head and he's a little too..... passionate about something that's not that big of a deal.



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