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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mr. Hudson – Straight No Chaser album review

So if you couldn’t get enough of Kanye West’s 808’s & Heartbreak the first time and you found yourself craving even more borderline-suicidal sounding “singing” after 808’s Part II (Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of the Day), then don’t hesitate to cop part 3 of the trilogy (unless Common screws up what he has with Serena Williams and decides to go emo as well), Mr. Hudson’s Straight No Chaser. Hudson, along with Kid Cudi were both instrumental pieces to Kanye’s 808’s & Heartbreak, so when Cudi’s cd came out, it was easy to see what he brought to the table. Mr. Hudson’s G.O.O.D. music debut also makes it clear what he brought on 808’s as well, however, a lot of people did not like it the first time, more did not like it the second time, so a third helping may not be the best thing.
That being said, it’s obvious the cd isn’t going to be the most danceable thing in the world. Like 808’s and Man on the Moon, this album’s strength is in the amazing choruses. The (UK) smash “Supernova”(Feat. Kanye West) is a prime example. The chorus fits the 80’s synths and it is guaranteed to get stuck in your head. Along with “Stiff Upper Lip” and “Time”, these are uplifting moments of the album manage to be catchy, without the melodrama that can make the rest of the cd easier to listen to an a bad day. “There Will Be Tears” and “Knew We Were Trouble” has chorus and production combinations as well as “Supernova”, but at the wrong time, the songs can come off as grating and annoying, more-so “There Will Be Tears”. Then, some of the songs are, to be blunt; boring. “Instant Messenger” and “Central Park” really are what you would expect when one (from an American point of view) thinks of as boring British music. Then, the two Kanye guess spots “Supernova” and “Anyone But Him” make the songs seem like it’s Kanye’s album all over again, while Mr. Hudson plays back-up. The cd wasn’t bad and it definitely proves “Paranoid” and “Street Lights” on Kanye’s 808’s & Heartbreak were not just catchy flukes. Mr Hudson, as well as West and Cudi are all doing well with the alterna-pop route, it’s just Hudson isn’t doing as good a job as the other two.

6/10: Listen to: “Supernova”, “Time”, and “Knew We Were Trouble”
Avoid: “Anyone But Him”, “Instant Messenger”, and “Central Park”