Josh’s Musings-Fantastic Damage

Precon: Already very familiar with it. I’ve had the album for quite some time but was always more a fan of The Cold Vein by Cannibal Ox, which is like this with better rapping.

Favorite Track: Deep Space 9mm. Not as aggressive and stands out as a result.

Least Favorite: The Nang, the Front, the Bush and the Shit. Not bad though.

 After Listening: Sick, sick beats. The word I always think of to describe El’s production is apocalyptic. It sounds like he’s mad at the world and wants to obliterate it. This can be headache inducing and/or mind numbing after a while, and I usually don’t listen to the album all in one sitting, but I appreciate that it’s there. It can be very cathartic when you need it.

The big problem with this album is El-P’s rapping. He seems competent and has good lyrics for the most part, but there’s something missing. He has a bland, monotonous tone to his voice, he doesn’t have much of a flow, it often sounds like he’s just talking, and his vocals are dominated by the beats on every track. He adds echoey vocal effects and layers his lines slightly on top of each other, but it doesn’t help. What he really needed for this album, what his formidable yet fantastic production deserves, is an MC that can go toe to toe with it. Unfortunately, he’s not the man for the job.

Overall: 3.5 stars (a strong 3.5, it’s tough love)

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He may look like just an ordinary pizza flingin’ oven jockey, but no—this dude can lay the smack down with the bets of em’. He’s Josh, the "Brick Oven", and he’s the owner and head cook at Josh’s Joint. Who does he lay the smack down on exactly? His customers, that’s who. Order something the wrong way—catch a body blow. Ask for extra garlic in a rude manner—smack to your grill space. Walk into his joint like you own the place—your head goes through the soda fountain machine right quick. This motherfu*ker doesn’t mess around. He once gave a dude an atomic wedgie and stuffed his face in a toilet just for calling him “chief”. Come in his restaurant talkin’ bout, “can I get some garlic knots”, while he’s watching Judge Judy, and you just might get your ass handed to you with a side of Josh’s famous pizza sauce. If by some miracle you are able to duck his punches or fight off his attacks, you then might be invited to his afterhours fight club, which he holds in the back alley behind the restaurant.

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