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Monday, May 24# 1999 - The Michigan, Daily - 11

ICP blends several genres on
few release Jeckel Brothers'

Some tracks on "Top Dogg" are pro- scary about this British group. Beauty,
duced by Dr. Dre, but they are over- sentiment and deep funky soul character-
shadowed by the smooth and retro ize the new album by Nihtmares On
West-Coast brand production cif DJ Wax, "Carboot Stul." The third album
Quick, Ant Bank and Meech Wells. by George Evelyn takes msellow lhip-hop
Disappointingly, the tracks produced beats and blends them with live instru-
by Dr. Dre contain low bass-lines and ments such as pianos, horns, guitars,
techno blips that simply become tick- bass, keyboards and an occasional
tocks of a metronome that leave the female vocal.
entertaining to Snoop's sly and witty An absolutely beautiful album perfect
lyrics. for chilling out to, "Carboot Soul"
Snoop's subject matter ranges all the sounds like a peacel, stoned DJ'
way from vengeful ravings "Buck Shadow or a cheery, daytime version of
'Em," "My Heat Goes Boom") to dear Portisliead. Even though the beats come
and intimate tracks ("I Love My courtesy of a machine, everything on the
Momma," "In Love With a Thug"). album sounds natural and organic. This
Don't miss house-party jams such as is the kind of music old soul legends
"Snoopafella," however, where an Snoop such as Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and
assumes the role of Cinderella and the Quincy Jones would have produced if
magical horse-drawn carriage becomes a they had access to today's music making
low-ridin' six-four. technology.
A handful of tracks feature cameos Jason Bitchmieier
from his fellow No Limit label mates, Fellow Workers
but Snoop stands apart not only for his Ani DiFranco and Utah
superb mastery of verse, but many times
because he's the only coherent MC out of Phillips
the bunch. Righteous Babe Records
Bill Dote'
Carboot Soul
Nightmares On Wax The liner notes of "Fellow Workers"
Matador Records boast that the new release stars "Utah
****Phillips and his mensabilly band!" This
is more appropriate description of the
Don't let the name Nightmares On album than the CD itself, which gives
Wax deceive you. There isn't anything Ati DiFranco higher billing than

The promotion of DiFranco misleads
fans into thinking that this release is sim-
ilar to her other works. It's not. Dilranco
almost exclusively plays and sings back-
up for Phillips, who performs tractional
workers' folk songs and spoken-word
commentary on capitalist, bureaucratic
Although the CD isn't predictable
DiFranco (if there is such a thing), it
isn't a bad release. DiFranco's musical
ingenuity combines with Phillips
unique voice to add an intriguing twist
to folk songs such as "Pie in the Sky"
and "Joe Hill." The instrumental ver-
sion of "Joe Hill" that begins the
album is intriguing and draws in the
"Fellow Workers" does get monoto-
nous, though, particularly during
Phillips' solely spoken-word perfor-
mances such as "Lawrence," "Why
Come?" and "I Will Not Obey." These
selections are meant to be carefully
listened to and absorbed, not played
as background music or light listen-
ing, and as such the words blend
together and become nothing but dull
Though this isn't an album for some-
one expecting DiFranco's angry/bbbly
pop music, it's an interesting release
and will add diversity to any CD collec-
Jessica Eaton

Courtesy of Island Records
The Insane Clown Posse go out of their way to show Insanity is a state of mind. Here
Posse celebrates the release of their new CD with a healthy dose of maddenss.

By Deveron Q. Sanders
Daily Arts Witer
On May 25th a carnival will be com-
ing to town. Get in line, find a flak jack-
et and get ready for the ride as the Insane
Clown Posse drops "The Amazing
Jeckel Brothers" "Jeckel Brothers"
packs 17 insane trmcks into a 70 minute
barrage of rowdy mayhem.
*his is definetely not an album to be
listened to while holding sharp objects.
The production on
the album reflects
influences from var-
ious musical genres.
Insane Clown Hip-hop often
Posse meets with a twist
The Amazing of rock, as on "Play
Jeckyl Brothers With Me," and
sometimes vice-
Island Records Lyrically, Violent
J and Shaggy 2
Dope show that they
are capable of han-
dling various styles from hard rap to
singing, all laced with dark humor.
Several guests appear on the album.
01' Dirty Bastard taken time to share his
undying love for women with us on
"Bitches," and the Jerky Boys provide
* e light moments with their trade-
k telephone humor. Even Snoop
Dogg visits the Clowns, dropping a verse
on "The Shaggy Show."

Overall, "The Amazing Jeckel
Brothers" will delight ICP fans -
known as "Juggalos"-- and should con-
vert more than a few non-believers.
While the album is certainly not for
everybody, "Jeckel Brothers" deserves at
least a listen --just be sure to buy a hel.
met with that flak jacket.
No Limit Top Dogg
Snoop Dogg
No Limit Records
Whatever Snoop has wanted to do, he
has always associated with the best-of-
the-best. After Snoop's former label
Death Row Records disbanded, he
couldn't have selected a better crew to
sell records with. Don't be fooled, how-
ever, by the large gold and diamond
laden logo of No Limit Records on the
back of the artist's second release on the
label; "No Limit Top Dogg" features the
longed for G-Funk style that is synony-
mous with the MC.
The best tracks on the albunm are those
that you would expect from Sntoop: A
low rumbling bass line complemented
by familiar melody sampled from some
old rap or R&B tune. But you can tell
that the style has evolved as most tracks
are now laced with a wobbly, high-tech

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