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Old 01-04-2012, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead


1. Tasmanian Pain Coaster featuring The Mars Volta
2. Smithereens (Stop Cryin)
3. Up All Night
4. EMG
5. Drive
6. Dear Sirs
7. Run the Numbers featuring Aesop Rock
8. Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love) featuring Cage
9. The Overly Dramatic Truth
10. Flyentology featuring Trent Reznor
11. No Kings
12. League of Extraordinary Nobodies
13. Poisenville Kids No Wins/Reprise (This Must Be Our Time) featuring Cat Power
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i loved it when i first heard it

i need to relisten to it if you want an in-depth dicussion
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Old 01-04-2012, 09:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am downloading it now. Will get back to you.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Just finished listening to it and I was surprised to find that I had not actually heard this album before, I was sure I had downloaded it before.

Anyway, loved every minute of it. My favourite track is Drive because of the banging beat and how the lyrics perfectly suit the production. I think Up All Night would be my other track pick because of how instant it is. It just gets you from the first beat. Also, it is probably the best song conceptually on the album.

8.5/10 But will have to listen to it again.
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I haven't played this album in a few months, but in essence this is a 9 out of 10 album in my book. I got into El-P on Smithereens.



My other go-to tracks are Up All Night, Run the Numbers, Drive, Dear Sirs...



Well, let me do it the other way. The only tracks I don't really dig are EMG, Habeas Corpses, and Flyentology (but the video is sick...)



I'm gonna have to re-listen to this one and come in and add more in depth discussion about the lyrics, which we all know are top notch. But we can really get into deciphering some of his cryptic wording if y'all want...
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't really dig are EMG
I used to be with you on this, but you really just gotta listen and let the boom bap take you over, especially after the 1:30 mark. It's a really addicting song once it connects.

It has such a great opening
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"Heart of an altar boy molested in confession
Who plotted for 20 years then slit the throat of a reverend
And half of this thought is young vandal the system
Contraption of credo drift sick **** and spit at your heaven"
That and No Kings are actually my favorite songs of the album as of late, it's just pure hip hop.

A lot of the other songs are either extremely melancholy or very subject focused, which i have to be in a particular mood for, but these two tracks I can always jam out to. They sound more in line with fantastic damage/company flow production style.


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Old 01-08-2012, 06:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Just had a listen to the whole album, and it's okay. Nothing really stands out for me.

I can't help but compare this guy to Aesop Rock, but not quite getting to his level in terms of flow, lyrical content or style.
The production at times is just annoying and creeps over El-P's voice with dramatic effects being all of the rage, I'd have much rather preferred a solid, stable beat, so we can focus more on what he's saying, because some of what I caught was clever, witty lyrics.

The intro and outro tracks were far too long and over-stretched, and more or less sum up the album as a whole for me, okay, but ultimately falling short of being something memorable or exceptional.

That being said, there is nothing necessarily wrong with the album, but it just doesn't do much to differentiate itself from similar products.

In conclusion, I'm going to have to give I'll Sleep When You're Dead a 6/10.
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Fuck similar products, this is about one specific EL-P album.

I was super-hyped about this when it came out because Fantastic Damage was one of my all-time favorites (still is) and I remember liking this one significantly less than that one. I've heard it a bunch of times but not recently. I'm sure I have a lot more to say about it but I need to re-listen before I give y'all the rant you deserve.
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd love to know some of the similar products.
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