February 1, 2010

Extra Kool: Even’s Dead: Chronicles of an American Waster

(Reprinted from www.ColoradoMusicBuzz.com)

Denver-based Dirty Laboratory is back with a new album by Extra Kool, Even’s Dead: Chronicles of an American Waster. Following on the heels of last year’s horror-themed, Creature From the Whack Lagoon, Even’s Dead sounds more refined, more fully developed. It seems even more attention has been paid to the music behind the lyrics this time around. Produced primarily by AwareNess (also with the Dirty Lab label) and Satyr, Even’s Dead features many notable guest rappers like Kool Keith, Existereo, or Jason the Argonaut.

This album comes across as lighthearted and even humorous at times. However, it just wouldn’t be Extra Kool without some hint of melancholy: “Sugar Skulls” is a haunting track, with a poignant piano piece overlaid with distortion. But the track that stood out most strongly to me was “Another (K)Night on the Town,” insanely catchy and buoyant, but with dark lyrics. It is this juxtaposition that makes Extra Kool consistently stand out in the Rap scene.

Be sure to check out my interview with Extra Kool in this month’s CMB, “Extra Kool: Chronicles of a Rap Poet.”


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