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Beaus$Eros [Digipak]
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Album: Beaus$Eros [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Utilitarian Uses of Love
2)    Bon Bon Fire
3)    Kiss Me Back To Life
4)    You Ain't Og
5)    Noblacksnojewsnoasians
6)    Picking Band Names
7)    Beaus $ Eros
8)    Feelings
9)    Ass To Mouth
10)    Electric Blue - (featuring Sierra Cassidy/Jolle L/Mike Ladd)
11)    Here's To Us
12)    Colour Wheel
13)    Swandive Into a Drinking Glass
14)    Scattered Ashes
 

Album: Beaus$Eros [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Utilitarian Uses of Love
2)    Bon Bon Fire
3)    Kiss Me Back To Life
4)    You Ain't Og
5)    Noblacksnojewsnoasians
6)    Picking Band Names
7)    Beaus $ Eros
8)    Feelings
9)    Ass To Mouth
10)    Electric Blue - (featuring Sierra Cassidy/Jolle L/Mike Ladd)
11)    Here's To Us
12)    Colour Wheel
13)    Swandive Into a Drinking Glass
14)    Scattered Ashes
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Loden.
  • Recording information: Deeskee's House; Kenny Segal's House.
  • Arranger: Busdriver.
  • Even after nine albums that were each consecutively stranger than the last, Busdriver's tenth outing is a jarring departure. Released in 2012, Beaus$Eros (pronounced "Bows and Arrows") finds the speed rapper changing gears and singing lazily over electro-pop beats. He incorporates three-part harmonies, complex melodies, and a washed-out production style (courtesy of Loden) that shares a lot in common with pre-So Peter Gabriel. This drastic stylistic switch marks a much-needed turning point of his career, but the concept is also so deliberately scattered that it's hard to tell if he has tapped into something far-out and brilliant or just gone crazy. As usual, he imitates a variety of characters (even contorting his voice to sound like a little girl in "Feelings") and tackles whatever idea happens to be floating around his brain in an abstract free-form style. One subject involves a musician trying to think of a band name, "Ass to Mouth" is gross satire of club music, and "NoBlacksNoJewsNoAsians" is a thought-provoking commentary on racism. Of the 54 minutes, the latter sounds closest to Busdriver's early hip-hop outings, although it is strung together without a rhyme scheme or hook. While many of the songs sidestep rap conventions completely and fit the 808s & Heartbreak rapper-goes-electro format, the best songs incorporate tuneful melodies and still manage enough room for Busdriver to show off his hyper-adventurous style of rhyming. These moments are few, but "Here's to Us" and the pleasingly glitched "Beaus$Eros" are neon jams. Beaus$Eros is fringe listening, but it could be the answer for those wondering what would happen if Spank Rock remixed TV on the Radio. ~ Jason Lymangrover
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (p.94) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Mock-operatic vocal arrangements cascade over the beats of Belgian producer Loden, whose synth-pop backdrops range from glitchy to classic."

Magnet (p.52) - "Farquhar mostly sings fractured warped synth-pop here....'Bon Bon Fire' and 'Kiss Me Back To Life' are as hypnotic as anything in the Busdriver catalogue..."
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