Seth Surmises – Fantastic Damage

Preconceptions: None. I’ve never heard of him/them. The wiki shows some white Brooklyn hipster. What is an Elp anyway? That’s the noise my neighbor’s dog makes when they beat it.

After: Totally fails as rap music. I listened to the whole album and still don’t know what car he drives or what designer makes his pants.

Favorite Track: Stepfather Factory

Least Favorite: Dr Hellno and the Praying Mantis: fails lyrically with juvenile Howard Sternian single entendres far below the cleverness shown in the other tracks. I’m not sure who Fast Aire is, but I’m blaming that dude.

Overall: I was scared when the album opened with a 70s sci-fi synth chord that may have come from Zardoz, but it opened up to a multi-textured aural background to rabid-fire clever wordplay. This is what the hip-hops should sound like.

Rating: 3.0

Extra Credit: Quality Control, by Jurrasic 5

Seth (40 Posts)

Seth (in a nutshell) is an aging punk rocker and five year resident of Cubistan, taking the office job after many years in music & fashion retail. He is a lifelong New England resident, with the exception of a year spent in Orlando Florida, the armpit of the universe. He is a skeptical cynic with a hairtrigger bullshit detector. Seth lives in Brass City, Connecticut with his wife, Vicki; his cat, Norwegian Black Metal; and his wife’s cat, who’s name he forgets.

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