ignore the stars--this isn't a review--i haven't listened to the album yet, i wanted to read other people's opinions before committing to any more memory...but i have to say as a fellow collector of music for more than 20 years, looking at the track list, i was curious whether or not the song "gone, daddy, gone" was in fact a violent femmes cover. now thanks to a condescending idiot (jason stein, i'm talking to you) i know without ever listening. i would've liked to have made that discovery for myself, but thanks to a reviewer who was certain that he was in possession of superior knowledge (much like terence trent d'arby, who he name-checks), i won't get the little thrill of recognizing a song it's been a looong time since i've heard (despite owning). it's almost as bad as people uploading a torrent of a fight and telling you who won in the description--why download if you've already seen it?! so next time you get smug in your certainty that you alone possess whatever particular fact, hold it in and just smile to yourself and think "i wonder if anyone else caught that" instead of assuming that you're the only one who did. believe it or not, you're not the only music junkie with eclectic taste...and isn't hip-hop in general pretty derivative? everything gets recycled eventually, it's all in how you put it together.
I wonder how far someone could push this spoiler thing. Would mentioning that there are a lot of electronic beats on the album be a spoiler? What about the use of a specific sample? I guess I'm smug, because I figured it out from the name of the song in the track listing. I'm just like Terence Trent D'Arby. I'm such an ass.