TALKIN’ HONKY BLUES: BUCK 65 Monday 23 January, 2012

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Imagine a cross between Americana and Hip Hop. You’ve just imagined Buck 65.

Many years ago I met an Australian girl in The Foundry, by Old Street. I took the piss out of her stupid trucker cap and told her she had a moustache. When I woke up the next morning she played me this album. I wasn’t sure I’d like it from her description. She said it was this white guy who raps but sounds like a country singer. Sounds dreadful, right? It’s not though.

This album is strange. At times it is straight up hip hop. At other times it displays ambitions more diffuse than just making some block-rocking beats. It’s like listening to Lambchop do hip hop. Lamb-hop? Ahem. I found Mr 65′s voice a little bit too gruff at first but I’ve grown to love it. There are some beautiful musical moments here and some interesting lyrics. Don’t expect to find any bitches/guns/gangs/drugs here. You might hear about driving around with your dog though.

If you like Americana and Hip Hop then do yourself a favour and pour this into your ear canal.

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