The Headphone Masterpiece
label: Ready Set Go
our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
Give any musician
that's popular today a cheap 4-track recorder, very basic drum
machine, and an array of instruments, and I guarantee you none
of those people will give you something as creative, innovative,
and most ambitious as The Headphone Masterpiece, the
debut album from Cody ChesnuTT. Forget all you knew about how
CD’s were supposed to be; the length of the album, the length
of a song, hell, even the limits of what a song can be. This album
spawns 2 CD’s and Mr. ChesnuTT wears his heart on his sleeve
in 39 ambitious tracks, all recorded in his bedroom.
any need to compare this guy to anyone, because there is absolutely
no one like him. But should you desire to... take the weirdness
of Beck, the funkiness of George Clinton, the rap of the Roots,
the reggae style of Bob Marley, the rock n’ roll attitude
of Lenny Kravitz, and the smooth voice of Bilal, mix it all into
one, and you could probably have a good idea of what he sounds
like. This album crosses all genres - R&B to Rock,
Reggae to Hardcore Hip Hop, Love Ballads to “Dis”
songs, sound checks to classic rock, and much more.
this Royalty”, he is backed by a full jazz horn section
that gives a brilliant one and a half minute introduction, until
he comes in, singing earnestly, “Platinum chains and gold
is all a brother knows…” On “Bitch, I’m
Broke,” he lets it all loose hurling hilarious insults at
whoever wants to hear.
And this is
one Chesnutt's finer points: he doesn’t take himself too
seriously, which leaves room for a lot of creativity and ambition.
This makes The Headphone Masterpiece the type of album
that doesn’t come out every day, or even year for that matter.
With each track laid out with heavy distortion to give it a sort
of “amateur” and “lo-fi” feel, they end
up sounding all the better. His voice and style sounds great rough
and unpolished and several songs that span only a minute in length,
but still make the impact of an entire song. What's more, each
of these songs could easily be expanded on and turned into hits.
And because of all of the genre barriers he smashes to the ground
on this CD, its easy to listen to straight through, making The
Headphone Masterpiece an album people will still be buying
and talking about 5-10 years from now.
liked Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star...
1. Magic In A Mortal
2. With Me In Mind
3. Upstarts In A Blowout
4. Boylife In America
5. B**ch, I'm Broke
6. Serve This Royalty
7. The Seed
8. Enough Of Nothing
9. Setting The System
10. The Most Beautiful Shame
11. Smoke & Love
13. No One Will
14. Batman vs. Blackman
15. Up The Treehouse
16. Can't Get No Betta'
17. She's Still Here
18. Can We Teach
19. The World Is Comin'
20. Brother With An Ego
21. War Between The Sexes
22. The Make Up
23. Out Of Nowhere
1. Family On Blast
2. My Woman, My Guitars
3. Somebody's Parents
4. When I Find Time
5. Eric Burdon
6. Juicin' The Dark
7. Five On A Joyride
9. So Much Beauty In The Subconcious
10. Daddy's Baby
11. If We Don't Disagree
12. Look Good In Leather
13. Six Seconds