Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
May 7, 2017
90
= 90.6 =

Blessed with El-P's production, it really wouldn't matter what Vast Aire and Vordul Mega did with their lines on this album because it would still be excellent. Of course they've both absolutely nailed it and the result is one of the most sublime hip hop albums I've ever heard. The lyrical content on this album is general exceptionally, but it takes a few times to pick up on most of them because the so smoothly run along the beats that it almost feels like they're just another layer of them. Every once in a while they end a bar with a lyric that sounds out of place just as a gentle reminder that there are human beings on the record. The main reason that you'd need a reminder is because of the beats. It's almost like a Burial album in how dark and cold the beats are. There's a distinct futuristic vibe to it but it doesn't feel at all like a positive future. And it's all molded so perfectly together. Both rappers match the beat flawlessly and play off each other beautifully. There isn't a point in the album where they stray from that. The beats are insanely good throughout and the flow of both rappers over top of them is impossibly well done.
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