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Sage Francis - Human The Death Dance

Leor Galil
Leor Galil 3 June 2007 at 17.34

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Sage Francis is like an old station wagon; dependable yet unpredictable, comfortable yet slightly dilapidated...

Sage Francis is like an old station wagon; dependable yet unpredictable, comfortable yet slightly dilapidated, and complete with a homemade car stereo for your own personal touch. Only this car has a breadth of wit, lyrical prowess, and poetic pomp that no one can touch. On his third solo disc, the Providence-based rapper finds himself in the same situation as fellow politically-minded post-hardcore wunderkid Ted Leo that being, with the weight of the indie world on his shoulders, should he take the safe, easy way out, or keep challenging himself and his audience? The results are, thankfully, a bit of a challenge in every sense of the word. With lyrics that are no less biting than his previous albums and instrumentals arranged by a familiar cast of underground beat-makers, 'Human The Death Dance' packs a wallop of a punch. Ranging from 'Underground For Dummies', which attacks the bad image of hip-hop via his personal journals, to the bluesy tongue-twisting 'Got Up This Morning', Francis continues to soldier on with no sign of stopping. Still, it's a bit short of perfect; unlike previous albums, the beats tend to be hit-and-miss and the lyrics are sometimes too much to handle, even after multiple listens. In the end, 'Human The Death Dance' is a testament to Sage Francis, his abilities as an artist, and a sign that there are many miles left in this old car.

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