Circling Vultures
label: Grey Label

production: Mum's The Word

guests: Abstract Rude, Eligh, Scarub, Oh No, Brother Ali, Busdriver, Mikah 9, Senim Silla, Natty Roots.
year of release: 2005
Easy Come, Easy Go
Work It Out At The Alps
The Power, Honor and Glory
Morning Ray
Who Shoots First (Interlude)
You're No Good
When I Met You
Images Of The Sun
Door Open, Door Close
13. Conformity
14. A Love Gone Wrong

You're No Good

One of the clearest attributes that set legendary musician Brian Wilson apart from other artists during his era was the instruments he blended together to convey the emotions he desired for each song he produced. Critics and fans alike have marveled at the strange combinations he utilized in songs such as "Good Vibrations" or "Heroes and Villains." There are stories from musicians and studio producers who would sit in on the sessions Brian would be working on and while he was creating a melody they'd try and tell him how certain parts sounded off. Yet, when the melody was completely crafted they said it was unlike anything they had ever heard before. Brian Wilson heard things different then anybody else and that was his advantage in music.
Upon listening to the unknown producer Nygh's first official release it is apparent that Nygh's advantage in Hip-Hop is he hears melodies and samples different then many beat-makers today. Nygh isn't a genius in any sense, his beats are not the most amazing soundscapes ever heard and there are certainly better overall producers. But having uniqueness is a quality that so many other producers covet. His filtered strings, complex and raspy drum patterns combined with odd instruments to sample define his originality.
One of the best examples of this is on the politically charged track "Conformity."
The bouncy baseline combined with a staccato organ, pianos and sweeping guitar set a sarcastic tone for the subject matter that somehow works and gives an interesting mundane attitude to a topic so hotly debated in our society. Immediately noticeable on this track is the drum programming and percussion on this song. Nygh places subtle noises in the background that add so much to the song. What sounds like glass being struck with a drum ultimately provides a diverse rhythm for the track to ride on.
Great drum programming is found throughout "Circling Vultures." "The Power, The Honor and The Glory's" crashing symbols and snare work perfectly with the filtered samples and ever evolving beat. The stuttered snare on "When I Met You" is such a simple but powerful effect in the landscape of the song. Impressive programming is also displayed on the very pretty and albums best cut "You're No Good."
But what is one of his strongest characteristics also ultimately is one of his downfalls. Though the drum programming compliments the songs excellently, throughout the course of the album one begins to notice a similarity in how the drums sound. The majority of the snare sounds are filtered to the point where they're covered in static which on occasion works great but not on the scale of an entire album. Also so many tracks are covered with such strong drum patterns that the term less is more could easily be used by Nygh to bring the album more cohesiveness.
Yet in an album full of such interesting combinations of sounds and rhythms the complaints are few and far between. By maintaining a traditional sense of rhythm while providing some originality Nygh should appeal to a variety of listeners, not just including Hip-Hop. Quit complaining about how there's no new good music coming out and give this CD a chance.
review: point one
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