Prince Daddy and The Hyena
Prince Daddy And The Hyena


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jesper L. STAFF
April 27th, 2022 | 60 replies


Release Date: 04/15/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: trancensdatental

What does it mean to ‘transcend’ a genre? Is it when a band like PUP manages to make pop punk for people who don’t like pop punk? Is it when Deafheaven bathes black metal in, you know, sun? Or is it simply a pretentious notion artists and reviewers alike employ to sound intelligent? I don’t know, but hear me out, Prince Daddy and the Hyena might just be… transcending… emo(/punk/diyshiz/whatever). They aren’t reinventing the genre, nor are they moving away from it; instead, the band have become experts at combining different flavours of sangry in a way that feels genuine and actually sounds good. Is that transcendental? oh shi wait i forgot to cancel my dentist appoi

Prince Daddy have been ambitious for quite some time now: 2019’s Cosmic Thrill Seekers was a massive concept album about, uh, drugs and wizards (of the oz kind) and probably other shit, without the final product losing any of the punky DIY charm that defined the band’s previous work. Yet, while the record is brilliantly written and deeply authentic, it is also somewhat hindered by this very authenticity: Kory Gregory’s vocal performance was, to put it lightly, an acquired taste. Not a single note was hit on CTS; not because he couldn’t quite get there, but rather because that aesthetic is exactly what the record embodied: an absolute fucking mess of confusing excellence. Fast forward three years, Prince Daddy & the Hyena is another concept record about death and probably other shit, but uh hey: you might actually be able to put this on at your grandma’s place/funeral/okaymaybenotfuneral. Kory is hitting them notes, and while still constituting a clusterfuck of influences and sounds, the album is smoother, catchier, and just altogether better than anything the band have ever crafted before. It’s filled with self-references, raw explorations of trauma, and a lot of attempts to find some joy in life. oh yea i did my taxes the other day but idk if i did them right what uh shou

Thankfully, the band do not trade energy or authenticity for this newfound sense of explicit listenability. Opening cuts ‘Adore the Sun’ and ‘A Random Exercise in Impermanence (The Collector)’ provide a perfect one-two punch contrasting the former’s sunny vibes with the latter’s punchy punkisms. It’s the type of contrast that isn’t there for the sake of contrast or depth or coolness or something: it’s merely there because this is how Prince Daddy operate. They’re easily distracted, they’re happy to include synths if it suits the song’s atmosphere (‘El Dorado’), they’re fine with reserving the record’s prettiest riff for a strange one-and-a-half minute long highlight (‘Something Special’): they’re just kinda down for whatever. That being said, Prince Daddy & the Hyena’s whatever is a whatever of high quality. The whatever can include ‘Black Mold’: a disorienting nine minutes that might comprise the record’s best track, or its very worst. You might be disappointed if you are expecting an opus that uses each second to make a grand statement. On top of that, it makes very little sense following the lovely maybe-interlude ‘Discount Assisted Living’, but, simultaneously, it can also be interpreted as a pretty nice change from the record’s constant refusal to fully round out many of its best moments. It provides a nice change from the, eh, constant changes, you know... btw speaking of changes where tf is my phone it was here like a seco

Prince Daddy & the Hyena is a mess, but it’s one hell of a catchy and surprisingly smooth mess. It’s an album that finds sense in and because of an inherent lack of structure, while acknowledging its shortcomings with a smirk. I wouldn’t have Prince Daddy any other way. This is transcendental stuff, maybe, whatever, let’s grab a drin




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2022


4514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey good album yay nice

Slex
April 27th 2022


14046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love u but Black Mold is totally the best song they have written, agree about sequencing tho, kinda think thats the only flaw with this album

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JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2022


4514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

black mold is fantastic but only sometimes maybe haha, < 3 u

Odal
April 27th 2022


1165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Black Mold is a showstopping moment and rivals "Really?" for their best song, imo. The sequencing makes sense to me, but I could understand why others would have an issue with it. I think this album is incredible. I've spun it at least half a dozen times and find myself itching for more. Really impressed with how far they've come

Slex
April 27th 2022


14046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The sequencing isn't a huge mess or anything but it's a little wonky, definitely in comparison to CTS in my opinion

Conmaniac
April 27th 2022


27037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay finally got a review for this great album

SlothcoreSam
April 27th 2022


4172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album songs better on shuffle, but still some great tunes here.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2022


27410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Black Mold is definitely the reason I'm tempted to bump this to a 4.5



nice to see this get the Jesper treatment!

SlothcoreSam
April 27th 2022


4172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also you guys need to check out the new Overo album, Waiting for the end to begin. It's some tasty emo/post hardcore

Cormano
April 27th 2022


3506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great stuff nice rev

JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2022


4514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx atari/cor!

i am now hyped for the new overo album even tho i have never heard of that band haha, hell yea sloth

Dylan620
April 27th 2022


5788 Comments


This will be the album where I finally check them after hearing about them in friends' circles for years

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2022


58862 Comments


me gonna check

Pajolero
April 28th 2022


1247 Comments


Dis good

Sowing
Moderator
April 28th 2022


41314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to hear this. Got a few songs in and it seemed like it could end up being really good.

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JesperL
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2022


4514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you r in luck because it is in fact really good

WatchItExplode
April 28th 2022


9717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know this felt like an identity crisis to me

fogza
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2022


5891 Comments


the cover art is pretty creepy

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Conmaniac
April 28th 2022


27037 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Overall I need to relisten but this album I wish had a song or two that really jumped out at me as a favorite

theBoneyKing
April 28th 2022


22487 Comments


Is this worth my time?



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