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Rhymes and Beats

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Gnotes 2007

Review

{$Sean Dwyer}, or {$gNotes}, a former college football player as well as multi-instrumentalist, flexes his {\hip-hop} muscles on his second full-length, {^Rhymes and Beats}. Just as able behind the decks as he is with the mic, {$gNotes} produces more than half of the album, both his beats and the others' warm and lively, more rock- than soul-driven. Live guitars and trumpets pepper the scratched samples and MPCs that lie behind the MC's {$Slug}-esque delivery, his voice sounding slightly pained and yet lethargic, hanging on the end of the beat. It's an impassioned but conversational tone, serious and thoughtful, and fits well with the general themes and ideas of his songs, which tend towards the introspective, speaking of love and society and even politics. And while he occasionally slides into the cliché ("Everybody's got a gift to share/I give you props if you've got the heart to care," he spits benignly in {&"Love to Give"}), most of the time {$gNotes} is refreshingly honest and interesting, slipping in lines like "kicked the beat so hard my feet poked out the shoes" ({&"Burn Down the Stable"}), "exhale like smoke signals" ({&"Samba Tryst,"} which, although a good track, is more {\tango}-meets-{\salsa} than {\samba}), and the very {$Aesop Rock}-esque -- in particular, {&"9-5ers Anthem"} -- "You're living in a world where you define your work by what you're making/Spinning in circles, cycles of life, living and earning wages/how it pays for dishonorable occupation" ({&"Nemesis"}). There is certainly a lot of low-budget underground {\hip-hop} out there that features lazy production and stilted rhymes, but {$gNotes} comes out above this. His flow is controlled but with a certain, appealing looseness, his lyrics are informed, bordering on the didactic, and his beats are well constructed and melodic, easy to follow without being boring, proving that he's able to keep up with any of the bigger indie names out there. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Muddy Treble Clef Gnotes 2:22
  3. 2 Throw Your Nickels Gnotes 4:3
  4. 3 Tower of Babylon Gnotes 3:16
  5. 4 We Can Roll Gnotes 4:0
  6. 5 Check Dos Gnotes 2:1
  7. 6 Dodgey Bullets Gnotes 3:34
  8. 7 Burn Down the Stable Gnotes 2:20
  9. 8 Sun Dont Chill Gnotes 3:9
  10. 9 Nemesis Gnotes 3:22
  11. 10 Samba Tryst Gnotes 3:50
  12. 11 Missin You Gnotes 2:58
  13. 12 Promises [Remix] Gnotes 3:35
  14. 13 Love to Give Gnotes 5:4
  15. 14 Belly of the Beast [Live] Gnotes 3:27

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