Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation

Dr. Octagon - Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #551 / 737
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2018 Ratings: #687
April 6, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

86
HipHopDX

Moosebumps is a staunch reminder of why fans fell in love with the trio back in the day. It’s a predictable — yet unapologetically familiar — combination of traditional boom-bap, ethereal melodies and Keith’s descriptive, almost inappropriate sense of humor.

83
A.V. Club

Moosebumps won’t replace anyone’s copy of Dr. Octagonecologyst, but it’s a worthy addendum to the story.

70
AllMusic

Similar to sequel albums by other hip-hop oddballs such as Quasimoto and the aforementioned Deltron 3030, Moosebumps tries so hard to replicate the debut that it ends up sounding a bit formulaic, even with an expanded budget and a wider sonic scope. It's still an impressive effort, and worth checking out if you're already a fan, but newcomers absolutely need to hear the original first.

70
Northern Transmissions
In the first Dr. Octagon record for Kool Keith (Keith Thornton), Dan The Automator and DJ Qbert in some time, it’s less that their time away has damaged their skills but rather their voice. In a record filled with suave flow and production, many sounds feel like they’ve been done times over and lyrics can float between brilliant and outdated.
67
Pitchfork

Like Wu-Tang revivals and a good pair of Wallabees, Moosebumps will make aging hip-hop fans very happy. But new listeners are unlikely to come running at the good doctor’s call.

64
Sputnikmusic

Kool Keith and Dan The Automator sound old ... But more importantly, they sound tired. This could work to their advantage if it was in a self-referential and thematic way like Danny Brown’s Old, but instead you have dude’s in their 40s trying to replicate something they did 20 years ago. And that’s not to say Moosebumps is a bad record, it’s simply a more polished rehash of a fantastic record from another time.

60
The Skinny

It’s a collection that feels like it could have been comprised of ideas made around the same time as Dr. Octagonecologyst, filled with lightning-fast hip-hop record scratching, blending grand beats and synths with a variety of genre-smashing elements.

60
Spectrum Culture

Hearing them reunited after 20 years, it’s hard not to wish they had done something more unhinged and unfettered by expectations—something, in other words, more like Dr. Octagonecologyst was in 1996, and less like it is in 2018.

PreeMo
77
Oh shit there's still a horse in the hospital!
HHGA
73
It’s no secret that Kool Keith’s prodigious output over the last 30 years has been hit-and-miss in terms of quality, but Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation is up there with the best of his work.

What was missing on the second Dr. Octagon album – and one of the reasons Dr. Octagonecologyst is the classic that it is – is back here: the input of producer Dan The Automator and the cuts of DJ Q-Bert. On Dr. Octagonecologyst Dan The Automator brought out ... read more
NickBrick
50
Cmon man. you're better than this
GabrielDiablo
64
Decent
GABRIELinHELL
70
Good
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Track List

  1. Octagon Octagon
  2. Polka Dots
  3. Black Hole Son
  4. Power of the World (S Curls)
  5. Operation Zero
  6. Bear Witness IV
  7. Area 54
  8. Flying Waterbed
  9. 3030 Meets the Doc, Pt. 1
  10. Karma Sutra
  11. Hollywood Tailswinging
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