Top 100 Albums of the Decade: #10 Daedelus - Exquisite Corpse


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#10 Daedelus - Exquisite Corpse

From the opening credits-err-notes of "Dearly Departed", one feels as though they are being swept up in Cary Grant's arms in some film from the 1930's or '40s. There is a cinematic quality that works incredibly well throughout Exquisite Corpse. Perhaps it's the fact that Los Angeles producer-musician Daedelus (aka: Alfred Weisberg-Roberts/Alfred Darlington), looks like Tim Burton's brother or even better, a character out of an Edgar Allen Poe tale (as Burton does)—though maybe that's just my judgmental and unfair bias resulting from his renaming himself Alfred Darlington. What really makes Exquisite Corpse, his sixth album, work better than some of Daedelus' previous efforts are that the sample-heavy songs are broken up with nicely fitting hip-hop and pop collaborations. MF Doom raps about I Love Lucy over a sample that sounds like it could play over a scene featuring some very heavy petting on the track "Impending Doom". Rappers Cyne, Mike Ladd and Sci all add smoothness to their perspective collab-tracks that helps round out the cut-up cinematic samples that alone would sound too cold. There are a couple tracks that the album might be better off without, namely the obnoxious choppy Jogger remix of "I Sent of II Sus Per Coll" and "Cadavre Exquis" featuring French emcee TCC which just seems loud and out of place. With those two exceptions, the album is the closest Daedelus has been to perfection. Other notable highlights include: "Just Briefly" a nice Prefuse 73 remix, "Now & Sleep" featuring folk-pop singer Laura Darlington and "Thanatopsis" which features Hrishikesh Hirway (The One Am Radio). The resulting album is romantic, but not cheesy; classy but accessible; poetic but unpretentious—a classic just like a Cary Grant film or an Edgar Allen Poe tale.

- Nicole Coxe

[ play ] | [ download mp3 ] Daedelus - Just Briefly

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