Review Summary: Busdriver is saying nothing, but we all need to be listening...
What I say in this review doesn't really matter. After all, no matter how good or bad this review is, the album won't be any different. My words can only say so much about this album and I will no doubt miss something. No matter how long the review is, I can't describe everything that makes this album something worth listening to, as a work of art is the sum of so many parts that can't possibly be worded by one person. Even still, the things that makes a record great to someone could be the parts that make the record insufferable to someone else. I also may end up over-analyzing or under-analyzing the different parts of the work, making my coverage of the piece pretentious or belittling. Besides, even if I did work out an objectively well written review, it would still be covering a completely subjective opinion, since opinions are some of the most personal things on this earth. So, would it be better to say nothing"
Busdriver blatantly says that he's saying nothing on Temporary Forever, which is quite odd. The album is bursting with sarcastic metaphors and abstract critiques of society, but Busdriver, when asked about his name, says he's saying nothing. Could this mean that songs like Suing Sony, Unplanned Parenthood, and Gun Control aren't clever attempts to poke fun at the modern culture of irresponsibility and blaming others" They are phrased this way, but amongst these satirical songs are lines that are obtuse and abstract. Do these mean anything, or is looking for meaning in this fruitless" The ideas brought up could mean something, but many of the ideas seem indefinite and as if they could have many meanings. Plenty of these ideas are concrete, but a lot of the points brought up are so opaque that they could mean anything, if they do mean anything.
No matter what Busdriver is saying, he has a way of saying it in a perfect way of saying it. Whatever “it” is, his flow is sharp and engaging, as well as being very versatile. He's able to make every song super interesting and manages to make his trip to a Carl's Jr. entertaining with his witty and clever wordplay and delivery. The beats he raps over are equally as experimental, as they incorporate various instruments and samples that add complexities to the already flavorful drum beats that are already showcased. Both complement each other perfectly and fit together like two pieces of a puzzle.
But, as was stated above, would it have been better to not say this" Wouldn't my time have been better spent doing anything else" Well, what I personally get from this album, more than the satire, more than the jokes, more than whatever hidden moral the album, is the idea that Busdriver wants to say something, so he says it. He doesn't beat around the bush or attempt to make something he's saying more clear, he just says what he thinks, and, since it isn't stupid and it's clearly thought out, that is something that is worthy of some respect. So, this review takes after what he does, in that this is what I wanted to say, not what “needed” to be said.