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Album Review

Following several solo releases as well as the publication of multiple books of fiction and poetry, Minneapolis writer/rapper Dessa returned with third full-length solo album Parts of Speech. A longtime member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective, Dessa's work before Parts of Speech was heavier on the hip-hop wordsmithery. While lyrics are still paramount here, they're often represented more in alternative-styled singing than rap routines. In producing the album, Dessa approached it more like a mixtape for a friend than a stylistically strict collection of overly similar songs. Thus, she jumps from semi-rapped verses to deeply crooned choruses over the dark and bitter pop beat of "Call Off Your Ghost" and orchestral musing on the gently acoustic "Annabelle," among other variants in style over the course of the album., Rovi

Customer Reviews

doometree does it again

they take a classic album and spin it in a whole new direction! this is great. DTR is the best team.

Brilliance takes a few friends along

Why Dessa isn't far more popular escapes me. Her music is tense and elegant, her lyrics are wickedly smart and barbed like rose stems, and she's obviously got complete command of everything she does.
And then her friends from Doomtree and elsewhere come along and turn some of the best cuts from what was an already incredible album into some just bone chillingly brilliant electronic anthems for the dancefloor and anywhere.
If you like your electronics with brains and razors, and your beauty holding a shotgun behind it's back, then you really need to buy this E.P. right now.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '10s

Easily one of the most well-rounded members of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Doomtree, Dessa (aka Dessa Darling, born Margret Wander) first made a name for herself in the world of poetry slam, eventually forming the group Medida, which would introduce her to the musical scene that made her a critical and popular darling of the Twin Cities music scene. Developing her skills as a writer and artist as both and undergrad and Master's student at the University of Minnesota (she would eventually...
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