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Gonervill by Eddie Def Extrakd and Brain

If you are looking for quantity, Gonerville has it. It's features twenty tracks, with the longest being just less than five minutes. In quality though, Gonerville is really gone. The project is one that has a good premise, showing the instrumental side of hip-hop and how two DJ's, a live drummer and guest guitarists can bring about different slant on the primarily beat-based form of music. The way it is executed here shows at times how limited the genre of hip-hop is when you eliminate the vocal aspect of the music. The vocalist or rapper can bring about a special personality in the music which helps to show some human heart and soul to the sometimes mechanical feel of the music. In Gonerville, there was very little diversion from the same tempo and the heart and soul has been very subdued. After the first few tracks, the sameness comes through and only near the end of the CD came a diversion that could have been better earlier in the release. Also an additional diversion track could have made the difference to help the CD have a better chance for acceptabilty by the group that they were trying to reach, namely people who are turned off by the lyrics of hip-hop, but still like the rhythmic value of the genre. With the right planning, Gonerville could have been here to stay as a breakthrough release to bring new meaning to hip-hop. Instead, Gonerville will never go out of the record bin at the corner music store

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eddie Def Extrakd and Brain
  • CD Title: Gonervill
  • Genre: Acid Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Innerhythmic
  • Musicians: Eddie Def (mixer), Extrakd (mixer), Brain (percussion), M.I.R.V. (guitar), Buckethead (guitar)
  • Rating: Two Stars
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