Dark Time Sunshine   Vessel
3.9
excellent
Ranking: #181 for 2010

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4.0 excellentRudy K. STAFF | December 24th 10

Where Kanye West and Big Boi stole all the hip-hop critical acclaim and publicity this year, Vessel was the little rap record that could, flying under the radar and stealthily staking its claim as one of the best albums in the genre. Vessel is an apt name; Dark Time Sunshine takes you on a trip through the furthest fringes of the hip-hop universe, a sector populated by likeminded pioneers like Aesop Rock and P.O.S but still its own unique, innovative beast. This isn’t nerd-rap or hip-hop unpalatable to the average fan; MC Onry Ozzborne is easy to understand and even easier to listen to, weaving engaging tales as he does on “E.R” and “Little Or No Concern,” while producer Zavala runs the gamut from the propulsive, tribal “Defender” to the psychedelic layers of “All Aboard” without a dud to be found. This is a trailblazer for the new decade, a road map of where hip-hop can go and what it can do, and the kind of release that makes you believe that, yes, there always is something new under the sun.

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4.5 superbkingsoby1 EMERITUS | May 4th 10

going to be hard to beat this for aoty.

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2.5 averageBulldog | December 23rd 10

Dark Time Sunshine's debut Vessel is a miraculously tedious, yawn-inducing f*ck-fest comprised of hyper-developed instrumentals and verbose lyricism that fails to transcend anything but vapidity due to run-of-the-mill emceeing and vanilla production. The indie crowd will appraise this for its odd vein of texturized, crate-digging and genre-fusing production, but its no more unique than the sound the horde of producers for Diddy's newest LP managed to craft. Except the production on that is a whole lot more fun, and the rapping's only slightly worse, but only by technicality. Yea, listen to Last Train to Paris instead. At least that was surprisingly average rather than disappointingly average. Album of the year this is not.

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is this even music???

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