Review: Dessa – Parts Of Speech

Posted: July 15, 2013 by arkayem1 in Review
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Dessa's Parts Of Speech was released June 25th, 2013 via Doomtree Records

Dessa’s Parts Of Speech was released June 25th, 2013 via Doomtree Records

Let’s face it, Hip Hop is committing suicide and is hell-bent on making it as agonizing and tasteless as possible. Enter Dessa of the rap collective Doomtree, helping to bring back a once musically stout genre from the brink of self-destruction. In Parts Of Speech Dessa trades in a the calculated and rough facets of A Badly Broken Code for a less focused and more exploratory approach. The album stays true to what a Dessa record usually presents in that it takes a few listens to appreciate its full context. The moods shift constantly from the quietly reflective The Man I knew to the more energetic Fighting Fish. Nevertheless cuts like Skeleton Key and Call Off Your Ghost provide nice landing spots for listeners who are looking to ease into the album.

I wanted to investigate the idea that a cohesive record isn’t always made cohesive by having twelve songs that sound the same. I figured when you make a mixtape for a friend, you can get away with a range of genres and a lot of dynamic change. Why can’t I approach an album like that? The sequence has to be just right, and we worked hard to nail it, but the thing that holds this record together is the sensibility of the lyrics, rather than a uniform theme. –Dessa

Newcomers to Dessa’s challenging approach to music probably will not survive long enough to engage the album in full. This apparent weakness, however, is something that makes Dessa a unique artist in the current toxic hip hop climate. Her style is refreshing and as she continues to grow one can only hope that history holds her in high esteem. With her intuitive wordplay, reality bending metaphors, and soothing singing voice (oh did I forget to mention her singing?), she deserves a place in every hip hop music library.

Dethfrequency Says: You can find this, and more of her solo albums on Spotify as well as her work with Doomtree and hear her work while she was still a young Filipino pop star… (Kidding, just another hilarious Spotify mistake)



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