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Telephone Jim Jesus Anywhere Out Of The Everything

Telephone Jim Jesus hit his stride as part of the Anticon family's freak-hop supergroup Restiform Bodies. They had one golden album in '02, and since then, Jim J's been on his own. On this sophomore solo release, he's not living up. Shame. Gone are the sense of humor and manic experimentation of the Bodies crew, leaving us with a self-serious play with beats and atmosphere. There's something here when he breaks the formula: The deep, aggro beats of "A Mouth of Fingers" or "Suicide Wings" gives a backbone to the ambient skronk that he loves so much; Why?'s old-school rhymes on "Dice Raw." The rest? Well, we really don't need another Eno/DJ Shadow marriage fantasy.

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