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Album Review

Any encounter with indie rapper Cage's material should come with an expectation of joyless lyrics, soul-crushing stories, and animosity as a muse, so pointing out that Depart from Me is an uninviting album may seem unnecessary. Still, angst-free and well-adjusted listeners could still fall hard for his previous effort, 2005's Hell's Winter, thanks to the rapper's Atmosphere-meets-Eminem writing style combining with the Def Jux label's subterranean, head-bobbing beats. Here, the opening "Nothing Left to Say" sets a familiar tone with "This beauty they speak of/I can not see" and "The monkey on my back is still flingin' s**t at you" couldn't be more true, but a new attitude emerges with "I've got one thing to say/I'd like to share it with you/If you don't, is it too bad for me?/Or too bad for you?" This prickly and punkish stance is reflected in the album's sonic landscape which trades the bottom-end thump for guitar crunches and post-hardcore grinding. "Teenage Hands" and "Beat Kids" — which must be inspired by the sick and twisted television show Wonder Showzen — both sound like Steve Albini's classic Big Black crew with the addition of rhymes, while the twentysomething slice of life, "Kid Rocks," pimps the no wave revival as it twitches with angular funk. When it works, it works well, but the snottiness overpowers on the less-successful cuts, making them feel a lot like preaching to the converted. Rabid fans won't mind much; just make sure you're sold on Hell's Winter before taking this bumpier ride through Cage's inner turmoil.

Customer Reviews


You know what I love about Cage? Everyone of his albums is completley different from the last, yet somehow still fresh and exciting. Depart From Me does not contradict this statement in anyway. Mr. Kennlyz has managed to produce yet another excitingly original album that simply leaves the listener with their jaw dropped by the time it's done. If you were expecting old Cage, I would turn away. If you were expecting talent, I would buy this album A.S.A.P. Depart From Me manages to blend indie rock with indie rap to a great success. This truely is the most inteligent piece of music I've heard in a very long time. If you do not judge by genre but simply by talent, you will consider this a piece of musical art. Hell's Winter will always be Cage's album to break the mold, but Depart From Me does not dissapoint, not in the least.

Cage Does it Again

Fans of Movies For The Blind need to look else wear as it looks like your going to be disappointed.. however it seems Fans of Hell's Winter might be disappointed as well.. this is a totally different cage. abandoning the crazy white boy style (as he should) cage shows alot of growth on his 3rd solo LP Experimenting with Guitar Riffs & Synth. I Must admit it took me awhile to get and understand what cage was going for. i for one dont care if he changed his style of dress, all i care about is the music. This ablum is truly in a leauge of its own. its very very experimental in a good way. Although not a "perfect album like hell's winter. there are really only 2 bad tracks on this LP.. Kick Rocks & Fat Kids Need An Anthem. other then that this ablum is great and better then 90% of hip hop thats out there now... HEY IF YOU WANNA LISTEN TO SOUTHERN RAPPERS RAP ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY GOT AND HOW COOL THIS NEW DANCE IS THEY MADE UP BE MY GUEST! listen to the lyrics because there is a big style behind this... i also recommend going to the store and buying this record.. the artwork by alex pardee is amazing... the hugs and kisses track isnt on the disc but u could always just buy this single here anyways.

all i wanted was a pepsi...

This album is tight.....does it remind anyone else of early Suicidal Tendacies?


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The tortured and visceral lyrics of underground rapper Cage (Chris Palko) come from a life of pain, paranoia, hard drugs, and hard living. His father was MP in the U.S. Army, stationed in Wurzberg, Germany, when Cage was born. The family lived there until Cage's father, named Bill Murray, was busted for selling and using heroin and sent back to America. Landing in Middletown, NY, Cage's father continued using heroin and didn't bother concealing it from his son, going as far as to have the young Cage...
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