Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Sep 15, 2021 (updated Sep 22, 2021)
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Just finished my first listen, and I have no clue how to feel about this. Wtf is this? I mean I clearly am not fully getting it to some degree, but like this is barely a hip hop album. This is about as far of a left turn as possible. After the passing of Groggs, I don’t know what I expected, but this album literally sounds like a large chunk was violently ripped out of it, and the damage/debris from the tear are part of the experience. The instrumentals are barely functional, and the verses feel incomplete and like they are just dripping off the album

This album somehow reminded me of Caretaker's EATEOT, Clipping, and A Crow Looked At Me all in one. I barely felt like this was music at times. I will listen a few more times before I score it

3rd Listen: It gets better with every listen like everyone else says. It is a draining album. It really tires me out but I am addicted to it.

5th listen: I feel like with every listen, the bigger picture just gets more and more in focus, while also being completely invisible. Almost as if there isn’t a greater point to all of this at all. It’s sad. It’s scary. It’s an empty feeling, that feels almost like home.
7 Comments
Sep 16, 2021
I'm glad it's growing on you
Sep 16, 2021
yeah i cant stop coming back and it just haunts me everytime so i dont know why i come back but yeah. bonkers
Sep 16, 2021
Based Brad
Sep 16, 2021
Very nice track ratings there
Sep 18, 2021
will you do the react in the channel? btw i agree with references you remembered, besides clipping but i can totally see why you think of it, i thought about crow looked at me (especially on top picks for you and the lack of structure of the album) EATEOT and Godspeed as well, it kinda has a vibe of post rock, like on some parts you can say it is a post rap
Sep 19, 2021
great review based taste in music
Sep 29, 2021
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