Music CD - 2013
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Publisher: [S.l.] : Fool's Gold Records, p2013.
Branch Call Number: BRO POP
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 18, 2017

Danny Brown’s sophomore album Old offers one half gritty storytelling and a second half of fun albeit slightly less interesting party music. The album opens up with Side A (Old) which is one of Old’s hardest hitting tracks in my opinion, giving insight into Danny’s early life on the streets of Detroit over a stripped down beat. The rest of the first half of Old is fairly similar, favouring slightly more subdued beats to let Danny’s lyrics really shine through. Highlights include the Purity Ring assisted 25 Bucks and the storytelling on Wonderbread. After the album's first ten tracks a total 180 happens, foregoing the intense lyricism and old school production for EDM inspired party songs. This is unfortunately where the album's shortcomings pop up, even though these tracks are fun for the most part, towards the end of the album it does start to drag on. This is most notable on the album's worst track Way up Here. However the album ends on another strong note with the thoughtful Float On. On this track Danny reflects on his career up to that point featuring some great vocals from Charli XCX. Overall I feel Old deserves a 4 out of 5 stars, it definitely has some weak points but the good far outweighs the bad.
- @Theowk of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library


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Santa Monica Staff Jan 04, 2014

Danny Brown raps with the intensity of someone not just on the edge but dangling dangerously over it. His third LP is less focused than 2011's XXX but has a wider range of moods: For every Friday binge ("Dip"), there's a bleak Saturday morning ("Lonely"); for every boast about anonymous sex, there's a reflection on a childhood numbed by violence ("Torture"). This is Brown at war with himself, proud of success but tired of the persona it required. The production is vivid, trippy and abrasive, bleeding the line between hip-hop and EDM – a sound as compellingly haywire as Brown is an MC.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/old-20131007#ixzz2pSf6CKWD

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