Trumystic Sound System
Reviewed by Robert Soza
Thursday, April 20 2000, 1:20 PM
My first impressions were not good. I am growing weary of the twenty-five or thirty second intro of a phone machine message. It's a great gimmick, but so over-worked. After the thirty-six second intro though, my attitude quickly changed. The first song, "Life in the Ghetto" possessed the haunting quality of a Jamaica Kincaid novel -- the vocals describe some of the harsh realities of life in the inner-city (teen-age pregnancy, murder, drug abuse) while a pretty hip dance beat nearly compelled me to drop what I was doing and boogie. The lyrics are generally pretty smart throughout the CD; this is one of the strengths of this release.
The second track, "Division" is an amazing dance tune. Then comes "In Theory" -- whatever reason, this song troubles me. I have a different experience every time I listen to it. The lyrics are not as sharp as in "Life in the Ghetto" and the vocalist has changed. It may simply be my deep-seated dislike for academic theory and thus I have an automatically ambivalent attitude toward the song -- however, as much as I decry theory, I still read the shit and get a kick out of it from time to time. But, anyway, the jury is still out on this song and I think it is, ultimately, a hung jury.
I could go through this song by song and tell you why I liked each and everyone; not without hesitation on some of them though. But, in the end, it is this simple -- it's got a good beat, it's easy to dance to. I'll give it a ten.
Product Three is a Deko Music release