Oddisee
The Iceberg


4.5
superb

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (113 Reviews)
December 20th, 2017 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Calm down. Listen.

Lately I felt a slight disconnect with the world of Hip-Hop. I suppose my expectations of the genre are just too high to have realistic prospects of being satisfied. And that is where the off-kilter Hip-Hop comes in. The usual radio burners lost their spell at this point and the overly compressed speech-impediment entrapment flow manoeuvres (that’s what you call them, right") that every other rappers nowadays stacks in their repertoires are simply too one-note and samey for my picky pretentious taste. But once you add that special spark of oddity, it all becomes honey to my ears.

Oddisee’s abnormal virtuoso use of versatile instrumentals on his records has always been charming and often times downright incredible. You can expect no less on The Iceberg, for this record is filled with a great deal of instrumental creativity on every turn. Each track has its own unique instrumental or stylistic method, but Oddisee always manages to make it all seem grounded enough to never stick out and disrupt the impeccable flow of the record. You might encounter a soft guitar riff here, then a classic rhythmic beat there and some brass sprinkled over it, with occasional synth-marbled bass gravy. All of that mixed with Oddisee’s confident, self-aware delivery and the fantastic song-writing, which makes each tracks pop out with increasingly more dizzying atmosphere, and you’ve got yourself a near-perfect, light-flowing, opinionated Hip-Hop record.

And those lyrics. Sure enough, you’ll have to get over Oddisee’s socio-political opinions, but even in spite of them, the wordplay and the seemingly natural rhymes and smooth verses are nothing less than punching. But Oddisee wants you to focus on the messages of social acceptance, class differences, and racial tension. For that reason is the music never too booming or overwhelming, instead slowly building a certain atmosphere that’d seem almost meditative (and at times even ambient) without the vocal contributions. It’s so that it never distracted from what really matters. But everything blends into itself seamlessly and flawlessly. Everything stands straight, bravely and confidently. Everything is in its place. And that’s just the tip of the Iceberg.



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Papa Universe
December 20th 2017


18066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Uni's review roll 36/50



sorry for the pun at the end... and the fact that I didn't talk about the individual songs at all.

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Dewinged
December 20th 2017


12035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hard pos, props for reviewing this Uni!

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wtferrothorn
December 21st 2017


5798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably the most underrated album of the year

Evok
December 22nd 2017


7586 Comments


If there's one thing hip hop is good at... it's disappointing me. Will definitely check this out. Posd

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BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
December 25th 2017


2609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wish I liked this more, but I'm glad it got a review, great job. I've always preferred his production style to his rapping.

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Papa Universe
December 25th 2017


18066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

at least you gave it a chance

RadicalEd
December 30th 2017


9393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'tis really good. Too bad I missed this for my End of the Year list.

neekafat
April 15th 2018


12904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How many goddamn overblown 4.5 reviews have you written?

Papa Universe
April 16th 2018


18066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A lot, baby. And I believe in them!



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