CD Circle [Boom Bip & Doseone] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 844092),
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Circle [Boom Bip & Doseone] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Open
    2. Bird Catcher, The
    3. Square
    4. Dead Man's Teal
    5. Re: The Rarity of Meaningful Experience
    6. Directions to California
    7. Lantern, The
    8. "Art Saved My Life"
    9. 71 Questions Over Coffee
    10. Wishful Thinking
    11. Ironish
    12. 21 to 35
    13. Slight
    14. "Open Quotes"
    15. Town Crier's Walk
    16. Fence Hopping
    17. Poetic License
    18. Viewfinder
    19. Birdcatcher's Return, The
    20. Sleep Talkin
    21. Gin
    22. Goddamn Telephone
    23. I Get It
    24. Me and People
    25. Ho's
    26. Square... No Corners
    27. This Album Was Meant to Be Myself But Somewhere Along the Line It Ended up Feeling More Like You...
    28. Birdcatcher's Oath
    29. Close
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 201

  • Credits

    Boom Bip & Doseone: Doseone (rap & spoken vocals); Boom Bip (electronics).
    Additional personnel: Tony Franklin (drums); Tony Luensman.
    Producers: Boom Bip, Doseone, Robert Curcio.
    Before Clouddead hopped the Atlantic to hit Will Ashton's respected Big Dada imprint, Cloud's Dose and DJ/producer Boom reached critical mass at San Francisco's Mush in 2000, with this re-release through the influential Leaf label receiving a rapturous response two years later. Loaded with 29 tracks, each containing literally reams of thoughts, there is an awful lot to take in, but the experience proves well-worth the investment, with Circle's renunciation of traditional hip-hop in favor of a collation of loose conceptual movements that ultimately add up to one of the most progressive albums to have ever graced the genre. Boom's otherworldly production and sense of the epic match the rapid-fire delivery of Dose blow for blow -- though occasionally the lyrics come so quickly that lines have to be spun simultaneously through different speakers. Fans of DJ Shadow will go wild for the apocalyptic beats, while the wordplay will have even the most ardent anti-hip-hopper turning the corner, and even those more used to Aphex Twin will tune into the obtuse theatrics. Check your preconceptions at the door and fast-forward to some spine-shivering hip-not futurism. ~ Kingsley Marshall

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.112) - "...Both possess the trademark cut'n'paste messiness and irreverent ingenuity that keeps this trio so far ahead of the rest of the herd..."
    NME (Magazine) (6/8/02, p.32) - 7 out of 10 - "...A collage of beats, lyrics and samples that makes disorientation its true goal....Fast and mentally loose...mind-splattering lyrics...let them take your inner ear out there."
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