Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Mos Def Review
Look here u ignorant motherfucker, this isn't a review. This is uncompromisable artistic integrity. Now shut the fuck up and watch me bang my drums)
Last night Auckland had its soul sodomized as one of the greatest lyricists to ever live performed some of the worst songs he's ever written. It was heartbreaking. D'angelo mug shot ugly. Like Bob Dylan on his period. As he ran through his latest album 'Ecstatic' his true fans in the audience were anything but that. While waiting patiently to hear something from the classic records 'Black On Both Sides' or 'Black Star' they were instead punished with songs like 'Priority' and 'The Embassy'. Songs which are dwarfed by his earlier material and were incomprehensible thanks to the microphone Mos had stolen from the Johnny Cash Museum. It was hardly 'Life In Marvelous Times' and not even the Jacksons (Madlib and Oh No) thumping production was enough to make up for the lack of song structure and any kind of binding lyrical content.
Then after half an hour of Lauren-Hilling it he had a minor melt down with an audience member who thought it was a request show. Even Bono would've thought it was preachy. Of course it was understandable. But if we had wanted to pay money to be shouted at, we would've seen a dominatrix. And yeah original is always good. But shit, he played the haka as his opening song. I felt like Richie McCaw.
The night wasn't a complete fuck up though. After the 7th of the 10 commandments he finally moved on to the much loved 'Travelling Man' 'Mathematics' and 'Umi Says'. By that point though it felt like a kiss from an abusive husband. The energy was like the principals office and my umi said get the fuck out of there. The crowd then chanted 10 minutes for an encore but all I wanted was a refund.
You broke our hearts Mos Def.