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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Cex
Tall, Dark, and Handcuffed
Tigerbeat6

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Cex is probably one of the more interesting personalities out there right now, in music or otherwise. If you've ever seen his live show, you'll know what I mean. Not only is he "half man, half human" as he claims to be, he's half insecure, juvenile boy, half semi-insane genius. He's been turning out quality IDM releases since he was about seventeen and has developed a live show that is virtually unparalleled, not to mention the fact that he co-runs the impressive Tigerbeat6 imprint, makes movies, and the list goes on.

Tall, Dark, and Handcuffed is his first completely-hip-hop album, an evolution that has seemed inevitable for a while now, considering his entire live show has consisted of freestyling for as long as I can recall. Live favorites reappear as the most memorable moments on Tall, Dark, and Handcuffed, like the catchy and anthemic numbers "Ghost Rider" and "Wrist Elbow," not to mention soon-to-be Cex classics "One Cex," "Intangible," and "Petty Heads."

Recurring themes from Cex's live show resurface on Tall, Dark, and Handcuffed - themes like masturbation, sex, insecurity, and of course, the fact that Cex is "the number one entertainer in the world," exemplified by the eponymous "One Cex" and lines like "I'm plugging a microphone into your anus and controlling it/ because everyone in this business is crazy… I know you're stressed 'cause there's only one Cex/ and your girlfriends pissed 'cause you ain't him.")

I wouldn't say that Cex is an incredible rapper or an incredible producer, because frankly he's not. I would go so far as to point out that Cex even sounds like Eminem or Fred Durst at times, which I can't pretend is a good thing. But his music is still damn entertaining; Cex tells us he's a performer, not necessarily an artist, and I'll say I'm entertained. "The Cexual revolution's in your ear." Indeed.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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