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Album Review

The alternative hip-hop slacker known as Elwood earned some radio airplay with an earthy cover of Gordon Lightfoot's anti-hip 1974 hit "Sundown." As with the debut by another folky hipster — namely, Beck — there's a bit more going on here than you'd suspect from the lightweight hit. Though the songs aren't uniformly solid, the productions are smart and catchy, from the jazzy brass on "Red Wagon" and "Picture of You" to the sitar on "Forty Five" and the jungle-fueled "Dive." Though a pair of songs — "Peaches" and the Donovan-sampling "Bush" — make him sound more like a horny frat boy than a hip singer/songwriter/rapper, The Parlance of Our Time is a creative, entertaining record.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Elwood is the eclectic hip-hop/pop project of singer/songwriter/producer Prince Elwood Strickland III and co-producer and songwriter Brian Boland. Born and raised in North Carolina, Strickland grew up listening to rap, soul, country, folk and pop and eventually became a recording engineer at Soho's Greene Street Recording Facility. During his decade-long stint there, he worked with artists like Tricky, Mos Def, De La Soul, the The and Adam Yauch and met Boland. The duo recorded a seven-song demo...
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