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Sean-Toure' Sound Channeler: The Invisible Man Rosachi Music Group • 2011

With episodes of ‘The Wire‘ in mind, hearing someone from Baltimore say ‘Life Is Good' sounds somehow awkward to us. However, all-round rap musician Touré's raps glim with optimism and perseverance. The pleasure he seems to find when rappin and producing splatter from the tracks and enthuses one. His style? A melange of up-tempo loops and samples drenched in funk and soul, with a live appeal here and there (the excellent, Ali Shaheed Muhammad-ish 'Subliminal Themes' for instance) mixed with Toure’s significant high-pitched punchlines.

Apart from a few irregular programmed, overproduced noises (bleeps on posse cut ‘I.M.A.G.E.’, eg.), Touré’s very own production is tight and outstand in variety. Compared to today's albums, 74 minutes of recording is a lot, but the album never bores. Highlight track 'A Day In The life' finds Kev Brown (‘My hometown never really heard of me’, ‘They mp-3-ing my tracks before I can even sell my tracks'), Touré and Ab Rock contemplating about the cons of independent artistry. But turns out an earnest ode to their musical dedication (‘Heart and soul that's what we give him’), their striving and grinding for a passion, also translated in the song 'Hustle & Grind'.

Passion and perseverance are the key words for Sean Touré. Two charachteristics that are well reflected in his oeuvre. This album is enjoyable not only for the artist but also for the listener. While it’s not a magnum opus, it’s credible, well-rounded, and a good listen. Not a lord of the underground, but an admirable effort for a do-it-all.


POSTED ON 03|19|2012 by cpf

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