|MH-246 Curse Ov Dialect - Wooden Tongues
Two years in the making, Curse Ov Dialect return with Wooden Tongues, the follow up to their critically lauded debut Lost In The Real Sky. The matchless vocals of MCs Raceless, Vulk Makedonski, Aturungi, and August 2 are suplimented by the meticulous cuts of DJ Paso Bionic, and their collaborative production efforts utilize samples culled from nearly all members of the United Nations. The album's themes focus on politics, multiculturalism and their recent life experiences. With Wooden Tongues, Curse Ov Dialect have tamed their personal energy and recorded a cohesive group of tracks, while maintaining their sprawling debut's vital excitement and passion.
|A truly audacious and important group - Music Australia Guide / One of the best hip-hop groups in the world who have delivered one of this year's best - Beat / Recommended - All Music Guide / Squarely in the upper echelon of indie hip-hop worldwide - Tiny Mix Tapes
|Take a four-member hip hop tag team that raps in a variety of languages (including more than one inflection of English), and there is absolutely no guarantee that you'll end up with anything listenable. But in the case of Curse Ov Dialect - an Australian quintet (including DJ Paso Bionic) known almost as much for an insane onstage wardrobe as for its collective rhyming skills - the combination of backgrounds, ethnicities and languages comes together with a strange and intermittent brilliance that is sometimes dazzling, sometimes merely baffling. For the former, check out the bassoon samples and flashy turntablism on "Word Up Forever", and the quirkily complicated "Renegades". For the latter, check out their clumsy attempt at waltz-time rapping on "Broken Feathers" and the maladroit lyrics on "Sticks and Stones" ("I don't blame children for having little consciousness/I can see it in their eyes, it's not real despise"). Things bounce back and forth between those two extremes until the very end of the album, when they take things out with a powerful one-two punch in the form of the dark grooves and sharp, almost corrosive politics of "Stop Sarisis" and "Letter to Athens". It's in the nature of this kind of experimentation to fail a considerable percentage of the time - but that just makes the successes all the more thrilling. Recommended. - All Music Guide