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The West Ghost

Son of Sorrow

Review by Gary Hill

This is really quite an unusual release. It has a lot of the standard hip hop trappings, but there is a lot more than that here. A trippy, almost ambient electronic music vibe is heard on a lot of the music. There is a real art rock element at play. This is unusual and intriguing for sure. Most hip hop earns parental advisories for the lyrics. This is not an exception.

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Track by Track Review
Don’t Look At Me

I dig the bits of scratched record sound at the start of this. The music as it moves forward is very much electronic related. It’s echoey and cool. A more rhythmic energy joins. The raps come in stabbing lines a lot of the time. This is classy stuff, quite artsy in a lot of ways.

Bleeding Blue (Color Trip)
Another that starts electronic and artsy, there is a real trippy sound at the beginning of this piece.  As it works to more rocking hip hop territory, the rap has a unique vibe. That lends a cool angle to it. This is another that’s very classy.
Worthless
In a lot of ways this has more energy than the songs that preceded it. Perhaps it’s a bit less artsy, too. It’s no less cool, though. In fact, this might be my favorite piece here. The music and the rap both work extremely well. And, they go a long ways toward complementing one another.
Ugly
The final cut, like the first one, starts with the sounds of a scratched record. It’s another that’s very electronic and artsy. This is the runner up for best track of the set. It just has such a cool flow to it. It’s almost like a merging of electronic moody modern prog and hip hop.
 
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