Fresh Kils & Fraction: Extra Science
As a rule I’m not much of a fan of the Toronto Rap scene; there’s too many White guys who think they’re Dr. Dre for my tastes. Then along comes an album like “Extra Science”, with Rap vocals and rhythms layered with Jazz and Funk samples and audio clips from a host of classic movies, reviving the sound and feel of Gangsta Rap’s Golden Age.
The 11 songs on ‘Extra Science’ put Fresh Kills & Fraction in a well-deserved spotlight, while sharing the mic with “guest” performers.. There’s an originality to the lyrics, a sincerity and insight that I don’t usually hear coming east down the 401.
The only problem is an all-too typical lack of metadata on the songs on the disc; and as imminently listenable and enjoyable as these songs are, I can only in good conscience deduct partial marks. The songs of ‘Extra Science’ are enjoyable enough to make the metadata fault a bearable inconvenience; if you like Rap, especially something that evokes the essence of the genre, pick this one up.
Fresh Kils & Fraction: Extra Science – 9/10
Despite press kit boasts of the bold originality of the music on this album, the fact is that on ‘Flaws of Attraction’, Lori Nuic is doing a better version of Pink than Natasha Bedingfield, but still living in the shadow of the original. Nuic has some vivacious and energetic songs, but her vocal range and lyrical subject matter all sound like they were cut from Pink’s middle two albums.
The music is nevertheless entertaining, and a better grade of Pop than most of what’s out there these days, albeit plagued by a damned lack of metadata. Worth listening to.
Lori nuic: Flaws of Attraction – 7.5/10