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Music Reviews

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Castle Talk
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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
Farm Crew
Revenge of MC Banana
Hermit Entertainment

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
It isn't often that I'm surprised by something, but Farm Crew has managed to pull it off. While they only present six songs, one of which is a pretty pathetic answering-machine recording of some nonsense, the Farm Crew manage to do exactly what they said they had set out to do - put a fresh spin on a few tired hip-hop formulas. By encompassing non-standard elements such as a Rhodes and a smattering of diverse percussion (both analog and digital) and post-rock guitar samples with their grooves Farm Crew successfully extracts the pretentiousness from hip-hop and replaces it with a sense of self-assured fun and plenty of fresh rhymes. I could quote these guys all day - check out a sample of their verse:

"I ain't feelin' on the titty of these flat chested flows/I'm burning down ya crackhouse with Jerry Stackhouse/then dress up like ya moms in a skirt and a black blouse/and you got Tuna breath and wack CDs/like that Mandy Moore remix featuring Rick Dees".

Hip-hop comparisons are often hard to make, especially when the artists manage to mix it up and bring it as tight as the Farm Crew. I'd say they have as much Eminem in their vocal style as they do Biz Markee, but they would probably beg to differ, judging by their own list of influences: 1. Kool Keith 2. Del The Funkee Homosapien 3. Trans Am 4. Bill Hicks 5. Billy Joel.

Like most people based in punk rock, I've been turned off to hip-hop and most other ultra-urban forms of musical expression since the early 90s when rap broke into the mainstream and subsequently went creatively bankrupt. There have always been the Kool Keith and Outkast types who defy comparisons, but they are generally few and far between. While I wouldn't feel prepared to add Farm Crew to my list of Grade-A lyricists and mix masters, I am planning on spinning this CD regularly while waiting for new material.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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