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Posted by: Dave on March 27, 2007 at 9:50 am

El-PI'llSleepSound: Clangs, bangs, sirens and post-nuclear breakbeats unleash an urban terror assault reminiscent of vintage Public Enemy at times. That’s the bleak and hostile environment where El-P delivers his wordy, head-scratching and tension-filled lyrics.
Look For: Cameo guest vocal appearances from At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala on “Tasmanian Pain Coaster”, Trent Reznor on “Flyentology” and Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) on “Poisenville Kids No Wins.” And guest rhymes from Aesop Rock on “Run the Numbers” and Cage on “Habeas Corpses.”
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Up All Night”; “The Overly Dramatic Truth”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Smithereens”; “Drive”; “Flyentology” featuring Trent Reznor
Recommended: El-P has consistently delivered excellent, outside-of-the-box, underground hip hop production for others’ projects. But when it comes to his own tracks, he’s had a tendency to push too far and make music that’s extremely challenging. On I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, he takes all the paranoia, hostility and hip hop love of the past and reins it into harder-hitting tracks that even have a few hooks and hints of melody. Plus, his flow is tighter than ever. Though far from commercial, this is El-P’s most listenable and best artistic statement yet.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2007 Candidate)

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One Response to “El-P I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (Definitive Jux)”

  1. Steve Says:

    Awesome Review Dave! I’ve been a fan of El-P since Company Flow. His production work on Cannibal Ox’s album is amazing. I view it as Hip-Hop’s equivalent to Kid A.

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