Grand Buffet

Pittsburgh Hearts

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The tag of nerd rap on Grand Buffet is just too convenient, and easily dismisses some of the underlying moments of brilliance on Pittsburgh Hearts. Right away shades of MC Serch's finest moments on The Cactus Album seep through, perhaps courtesy of the sarcastic but quietly serious delivery that makes both records so enjoyable. The freakout IDM beats bring to mind Cex and (to a lesser degree) Anticon. But while both of those groups tend to focus on the darker elements, Grand Buffet is all about getting down and having a good time right in your neighborhood. The lyrics carry some serious topical weight, but are masked in such a good-time vibe it's hard to decipher what is being discussed unless a serious focus is made to concentrate on the lyrics and nothing else. It's an impressive follow-up to their 2002 debut and makes a worthy case for beating the sophomore slump, but it also leads to the question as to why they haven't been signed to a small indie label yet.

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