Surrounded By Silence
· Clean production. Dirty mouths.
Starting off as a profanity-ridden romp through mashed beats and mad rhymes, Surrounded by Silence defies mediocrity through the interesting turns and devoted compositions that follow.
While I can enjoy just about anything put together by Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73), I often relish his trademark move of burying the vocals, thus making them an integral part of the songs foundation as opposed to monopolizing the spotlight. The same is true of some of the strongest moments on this latest release.
With such notable guests as Aesop Rock, GZA and El-P, there is plenty to derive from this complicated yet accessible album. Every track is a layer that complements Prefuses style and simultaneously reveals a new production skill. The structurally sound "We Go Our Own Way" featuring Kazu from Blonde Redhead resonates for days, and both tracks with Tyondai Braxton are bits of risky architecture that help to give this record its expected edge.
A welcome addition to any collection, Surrounded by Silence finds Prefuse 73 still mixing it up right with instrumentals, interludes, MC-driven numbers and more.