label: Geffen Records
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
Colonna began creating art by cutting the heads off people in
one image and superimposing it onto a body of someone else. Not
surprisingly, this serves as an accurate description of Bumblebeez
81's first L.P., The Printz. A generic once-over listen
will glean an impression that Printz is comprised of
one type of noise, rap, superimposed over another, gritty garage
rock. Subsequent listens and an open mind will illicit a much
more appreciative response. Printz isn't so much an attempt
to create radio-friendly music or critics' Top-10
lists, but rather another medium of art for Colonna to venture
into. It just so happens he's fairly decent at it.
Fittingly, Bumblebeez has been touring with creative masterminds
N.E.R.D. and has appeared with Radiohead as well. It's somewhere
in this vein of wacked out beats and strewn-about chords the sound
that is Bumbleez falls together. Half the album is comprised of
mostly garage performance level punkish rock, on which Chris supplies
the vocals. The other half is fronted by raps from Pia Colonna
(not sure of the relation) laid on top of semi-electronic loops
and Brooklyn-styled beats.
The Printz is a loosely-conceived project executed well
enough to make it leave a mark. But it's one of those stains that
you don't really notice unless someone points it out, and like
most stains, it probably won't be noticed after being there awhile.
And if you look at it long enough, something might take shape
out of it.
liked The Printz...
2. Step Back
3. I Come With Water
4. Let's Go
5. Mircrophone Diseases
6. Get Dressed
7. Pony Ride
10. Vila Attack
13. Pink Fairy Floss
14. Come Ova