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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Null Corporation
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Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
MF Doom
Rhymesayers Entertainment

Rating: 8.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
We always complain about how busy we are, how tired we are. There's never any time!, we cry out to anyone who will listen. How can we ever get anything done? How can we be expected to finish anything, let alone do anything well? There just aren't enough hours in the day.

We should all be ashamed of ourselves.

Take a second to consider MF Doom. Mm…Food? is his third major release this year, after Madvillainy (as alter-ego Madvillain) and Venomous Villain (as other alter-ego Viktor Vaughn) - not to mention various guest appearances on other albums that came out this year, like Vast Aire's and De La Soul's, or any other mix tape/production work he did.

Now, consider the fact that of his major releases this year are critically acclaimed. They are varied, unique, and definitive artistic statements. Nothing sounds rushed, slapped together, recycled or tired.

Think about that. Three albums worth of songs all sounding fresh and well thought out. Fans of his will probably cut him a little slack on Mm...Food?, simply because of the wealth of material he's released this year. Everything Doom touched in 2004 has been so good that even if this was just okay, we'd probably forgive him, understanding how hard it is to be consistently excellent.

But instead of coasting on the capital he's built up, Doom instead delivers yet another masterpiece. On Mm...Food? he's the producer on most of the tracks, and hardly shares the mic with anyone. So it's he that's doing almost all of the work here. Mm...Food? has all of the MF Doom hallmarks - inventive rhymes about subject matter (anything but cliché), a gritty and non-traditional flow and samples from all over the map.

The creativity on display here is jaw-dropping - he samples from Fantastic Four read-along records, which aptly fits the MF Doom moniker. The musical interlude in the center of the album is simply outstanding. Sampling the theme song to The Price Is Right for the album closer, "Kookies," and making it work, is simply astounding.

Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

MF Doom clearly knows nothing of this grey twilight. Musically, he has dared mighty things, and won glorious triumphs without even being much checkered by failure. His artistic achievements are an inspiration, and each time you listen to Mm...Food? it should dispel the dispiriting notion that there is no time to strive for greatness.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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