I will always differentiate between digital and physical reviews. I'm going to begin specifying whether it's physical or digital in the title, before the type of album it is (Ex. Physical EP, digital album, etcetera). On top of that, I won't include a graphics section for anything digital.*
*UPDATE 5/18/14* There are in fact CDs for this release, and they can be purchased at (http://kunaki.com/MSales.asp?PublisherId=115750&PP=1) for $5.00.
Yo ninjas. It's kind of been a rough week, so I wasn't really feeling up to reviewing too too much this time. I'm droppin' an EP review on you guys this time.
I was fishing around; looking for some old information on Mission: Infect and I came across their bandcamp. There was a bunch of music there - most of it free. I was going to start voraciously downloading, when the DL link for this EP refused to work. It annoyed me, but I was curious as to what this EP sounded like, so I clicked the play button next to "Hell Fire".
I was captured. The scratching, the production, the lyricism, and the sampling grabbed me. They captured me so much that I wanted to listen to the rest of the EP even though the DL link was broken. After a long day of doing other things, I came back to this album and listened to it in full. More on that in a second.
The EP was released back in 2008, but I'm not sure what else to talk about. I know very little about Saint Sinna, so I'm not sure how this EP fits into his career. I can't find any physical copies of the EP, and it was being released for free on M:I's bandcamp so I am assuming that it was an entirely free piece of work. But the DL link is broken, so if you want to listen to it in full you're going to have to leave the page open and listen to it with your browser. It's an eight-track long EP.
Right from the intro Saint hooks you with a grabbing beat, and a humorous beginning to his EP. Some chick starts by dissing Saint Sinna and talking up a storm of shit. This is interrupted as Saint takes the mic and announces his return, with more humor throughout the track as we progress through. "Hell Fire" is undoubtedly one of the best tracks on the EP, and is the second song. I recommend checking it out regardless if you're interested of checking out the whole EP or not. The Oliver Reed EP was looking good. So then the question moving forward became the actual consistency of the EP.
The quality fluctuates a bit. None of the tracks are bad necessarily, but some songs definitely outshine others. I'd even say that out of the eight tracks on this album, about half of them are actually good. The rest are mostly not worthy of note, mediocre, unspectacular. Which is a shame, because it is for that reason that The Oliver Reed EP is ultimately a forgettable experience.
The Oliver Reed EP suffers from a lack of attention and is a piece of work that seemed rushed out of production. While there are some strong entries here, it seems like a couple songs were given more attention to others, which creates the effect of a few shiny rocks in a pile of drab mud. The production is never awful, but is unimpressive for a good chunk of the EP. One thing that perks the album up a bit are the features, though only they can do so much to do the album justice. Even with the variety that this CD has, it manages to fall flat past all its potential.
Between the fact that some of these songs are moved over from past work, and the fact that there are only a few noteworthy songs here, this EP isn't worth your money. But since you can just listen to it for free, you might as well peep the link below if you want to get familiar with Saint Sinna.
Final grade: "Gladiator Music (The Oliver Reed EP)" by Saint Sinna recieves a: 2.9/5
- A couple strong tracks
- A variety of sounds, from W-Hop beats to tracks that even sound a bit southern. It makes the EP a more unique experience.
- The themes can be stale at times, which wouldn't as much of a problem if the production made up for it. But it doesn't.
- Shitty download link/bad access
Link to listen to this album (Free of charge!): http://infect.bandcamp.com/album/gladiator-music-the-oliver-reed-ep