Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WZRD – WZRD (2012) – Review

Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius (the duo behind Cudi’s first big hit Day ‘N’ Night) form the experimental rock/pop group WZRD. While personally I enjoy Kid Cudi’s hip hop albums more, WZRD features some great tracks, some good ones and a couple that do not work that well. After Nirvana’s brilliant cover of Lead Belly’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, I thought no one would ever take a shot at that song again. Cudi shows no fear (as a Nirvana fan himself) with his cover. It is straight-forward and decent, but really does not add much to the song. The sound of the album may be different and new for Cudi and his fans, but really it is nothing new to what I call post-rock (stuff like art rock/pop and the more indie sound and chill wave music of the last few years – a less upbeat Sleigh Bells might be a good comparable to this album). The production is done entirely by Cudi and Dot da Genius, but feels maybe too simple and not polished enough in some places, while in others it is quite good. There is certainly a lot of potential for this project should Cudi and Dot da Genius make another album. Fans of art-pop, chill wave and indie rock will probably find things they like with WZRD and Cudi’s hip hop fans will too. It is a good album overall, but still feels in its infancy of its potential. 3/5

Editor’s Essential Tracks:
1)      Teleport 2 Me, Jamie – Produced by Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius, featuring Desire
2)      Efflictim – Produced by Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius
3)      The Dream Time Machine – Produced by Kid Cudi and Dot da Genius, featuring Empire of the Sun

Available on CD and Digital Download

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