"Just Touched Down"
Jay-Z made it a hot line on 2002's The Blueprint 2—"All Around The World," to be specific—and now Mississippi's Big K.R.I.T. makes it a hawt song, buoyed by an especially sumptuous Bobby Womack sample, post-UGK gumption, and a desire to prove himself. Dude just kills it.
"Toothnest (for Chris Habib)"
If this song were a movie scene, it would be that part near the end of The Abyss where the mysterious alien intelligence reveals itself, sorta, welcoming should-be-goner Ed Harris into a breathable atmosphere at the ocean's bottom. Seriously, it's just that beautiful.
Imagine Boredoms trying and failing over and over again to reinterpret the Jackass theme, and you're pretty much there. There, as it turns out, isn't a bad place to be.
Liz, Liz, Liz. Is this what it's come to? A castoff album of pomo doodles and zeitgeist-y abominations (Funstyle) where you're at your best when you're at your most indifferently conventional, re-writing Oasis's "Don't Look Back In Anger" as a weak grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side dialogue?
Vintage first-wave indie-rock bubble gum with hair, asphalt, and dirt ground in—which is why chewing gum you found on the soles of the Chucks Uncle Pete wore to Lollapalooza in 1995 isn't exactly a capital idea.
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