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The Internet : Ego Death (Album Review)

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ARTIST

The Internet

ALBUM NAME

Ego Death

LABEL

Odd Future Records

DOPENESS RATING

8

ARTIST

The Internet

ALBUM NAME

Ego Death

LABEL

Odd Future Records

DOPENESS RATING

8

With their sophomore album entitled Ego Death, The Internet offers dreamy and sultry vibes that are indeed something to groove to. Implementing samples of  alternative rock, jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop does something for one who has more than just a listening ear. Dont bother with trying to put them into a genre that fits them. Certainly, the elements of sound deem this band as the experiment that went right. Needless to say, it is no surprise as to why the band walks the fine line between R&B and Neo-Soul. They are simply in their own lane.  The album art alone captures the true identity of The Internet and its members. The decision to put themselves on the cover of the album was indeed an ingenious idea, now we can finally put faces to who has been making this feel good music. The Internet introduced us to Purple Naked Ladies in 2011 and later Feel Good in 2013, and kept us longing for more until this year’s summertime release of Ego Death. Mature and very grown. It makes one appreciate the nostalgic art of music. The band gives listeners an early 90s feel with a hint of Arrested Development, Groove Theory, The Roots, N.E.R.D, and some of Jill Scotts earlier works.   Most of the songs are written by lead fronter Syd the Kyd who has definitely gotten comfortable with her writing style and use of wordplay. The album features vocals from the incredible Janelle Monae, KAYTRANADA, and of course Odd Future founder Tyler the Creator. What better way to welcome listeners to an album by taking them on a trip with Get Away. Syd speaks of lovers being stuck between living a life of luxury and celebration all while living at home and the normalitys of regular life (Money doesnt fall from trees then maybe we can make-believe today. All I need is company. Rest assure, I got it babe). And on Gabby Syd opens up with the line from Alicia Keys Butterflies which is the perfect analogy for this track where she vividly depicts standing in an airport terminal and having the one you love leave you behind as you fly away (And its a trick to me, that Im still in this terminal, and what I’m lookin for, It isnt at the gate, So I told TSA my tickets fake, Im on parole so you should send me home before I make a mistake). The song then takes a sharp transition which the Internet is known for  where the Janelle Monae gives a whimsical and wordless melody for a perfect ending. Under Control definitely gives a summer feel with a jazzed up-tempo vibe that can only be identified by the works of the incomparable Pharrell Williams. There is a very similar distinction in the vocals as well, we can see how Syd was heavily inspired all the way to the very end of the track. Opening up with something a little borrowed by Keyshia Coles first hit single I Changed My Mind (I Don’t Love You No More) produced by Kanye West. Syd sings about the end of a relationship, the closure and accepting that the other person has to accept their wrongdoings (You fucked up. Now I don’t even want you, cant believe I wrote another song about you). And being that Special Affair is one of the first singles from this album they gave us something sexy. Syds vocals are sultry and very enticing. She sings about not being concerned with all of the unnecessary things but just two people making love and no holding back (Fuck what’s in your phone, I want to take you home). They even add little rainforest effects and drums to set the mood to nothing less than erotic. And since The Internets first album they have taken us on a wild chase of two lovers who are more like Bonnie and Clyde in Partners In Crime now with part three, the couple are now on the run and still in love. Will there be a Part 4 of Partners in Crime? We will just have to wait and see. The band gives us something to sit and think about with Penthouse Cloud. Syd begins the lyrics with the Lords Prayer and touches on the war we live in today, politics and black on black crime. Overall The Internet has created yet another stellar album, be sure to take a listen. Dopeness Magazine is excited to see what else they have in store in the near future such as their highly anticipated tour.

 

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