...Sings The Blues
label: Basement

production: Mils, Pigeon John, Mr J, J-Boogie, Flynn.

guests: Grouch, Eligh, Abstract Rude, Redcloud.
year of release: 2005
1.
Upside Down Rotten
2.
Nothing Without You
3.
Perfect Formality
4.
She Cooks Me Oatmeal
5.
Sleeping Giants feat. The Grouch, Eligh
6.
Matter 101
7.
You Can't Have It!
8.
The Grand Ol Waltz
9.
Life Goes On (J-Boogie Remix) feat. Abstract Rude
10.
Emily (PJ All Day Remix)
11. Identity Crisis (In Like Flynn Remix)
12. Rainy Day feat. RedCloud
13. Draw Me
  Sleeping Giants feat. The Grouch, Eligh
Pigeon John has always been one of a kind. Sometimes he raps and sometimes he sings, but most of the time he is somewhere in between. He started out clueless, he has been dating your sister and now the LA Symphony and Brainwash Project member sings the blues. Thirteen new tracks; or eight new tracks, three remixes and two bonus tracks is what this album has to offer.
"Upside Down Rotten" sets the album off with something typical PJ. Here he talks about life and how he wants to turn this world around 180 degrees. And the slow and guitar based Mils beat has that PJ flavor we would expect. So this is a good choice for an opening track. "Nothing Without You" is a love song to his wife and the music he makes. The self produced track uses an acoustic guitar to create a nice setting for a more serious Pigeon John to express his feelings. And putting the comedian aside for a minute - to take on a more serious approach - suits him well. "Sleeping Giants" features Living Legends Grouch and Eligh talking about the struggle of succeeding in the business. Mr J might have chosen a sample we have heard before, but he added a very dope flute to it and succeeds in making an interesting piece of music. So this is dope. "Matter 101" is one of a few tracks where PJ stops rapping and turns to singing instead. And while doing so he says: "I don't care if the hip hop heads turn away and say Pigeon John has turned gay". So once again he proves that he is himself, nothing more nothing less. And no, he is not the best singer in the world but he pulls it off.
Now comes 3 remixes of tracks from "…Is Dating Your Sister" album: "Life Goes On," "Emily" and "Identity Crisis" are among the best tracks off that album, but the remixes kinda disappoint. They are not bad but none of them beats the original version. Well, actually "Life Goes On" is kinda bad. The beat is nice and the lyrics are good, and if you have heard the original you will know that Abstract Rude is on there and that his verse is dope, and done in a sing-songy way that blends in beautifully with the original beat. But when you do a remix, you better make damn sure that any singing that is on the original, is on key on the new beat as well; cause Abstract Rude sound horribly off key on this. I mean, if you can't adapt the vocals to the new beat, redo them. And if you cant do that either, don't do the remix at all.
Next is two bonus tracks. First is "Rainy Day" that features a verse from RedCloud. And this is good in a sad and retrospective way. The two emcees break down the trouble they went through growing up over a simple and melancholic MR J beat that has a voice sample for a hook. "Draw Me" is also good and has the same sadness to it.
All in all we get that distinctive Pigeon John-ishness: the way of talking about big issues like love, death and the meaning of life in a geeky but rather charming way. Now don't get it twisted and expect that philosopher-turned-rapper type lyrics. This is far from it. This is like when your corny, geeky and kinda weird co-worker says something corny, geeky and kinda weird that actually makes sense. This album is a bit more serious than we are used to though.
So we got ourselves an album that the fans will certainly like. But we are also left a little hungry. Like we have gotten a taste of something good, that with a little more care could have been a fully satisfying meal.
review: Jonezz
   
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