Shining Path

Shining Path

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Though hardcore enthusiasts might want to buy this when they find out Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer is involved, they might pause momentarily and check their open-mindedness. This band is well described as "a conceptual juggernaut fusing punk's past with hip-hop's future." Actually, it's not far off from the bands Jenifer had with Bad Brains bassist Dr. Know during those periods of the '80s when their more famous group was defunct. Like those dimly remembered days, this is super-tight. It has the jagged metal-indie explosiveness of mid-period Brains such as "Sacred Love" with sung choruses after slowly rapped verses. The band's heavy, precise playing makes this a different sort of hip-hop flavor than typical. For one thing, there are real, slamming drums, and the attack is thus so much less processed. And soon they start quoting the repeated refrain from David Bowie's obscure 1979 Lodger song "Look Back in Anger" on "Forever and a Day," which gives away their unusual background for this genre. Not bad at all!

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