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New Sacred Cow

Kenna

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Album Review

Even if you don't like Fred Durst's taste in music, you've gotta give the man credit: as an A&R man/label owner, the guy zigs just when you expect him to zag. Granted, his label's debut release, the ultra-experimental rock of Bigdumbface, made perfect sense, seeing as how it featured his Limp Bizkit bandmate Wes Borland. And maybe you could write off the second Flawless album, Puddle of Mudd, as just another attempt to cash in on the nu-metal craze. But how do you explain this curiously oddball release? Produced by Chase Chad, one half of the hit-making rap production team the Neptunes, New Sacred Cow is a bizarre mixture of new wave, synth pop, and hip-hop. Songs like "Freetime" sound strangely like a Duran Duran for the 21st century, with its dreamy harmonized vocals and gurgling synths, while "Man Fading" sounds like a cut from George Michael's Faith as produced by Timbaland. Other tracks, like "Vexed and Glorious," don't have quite the same kitschy retro-futuristic appeal, just narrowly avoiding a Backstreet Boys-like sense of cheeziness thanks to a sharp, off-kilter beat. This is the sort of maddeningly infectious pop album that worms its way into your subconscious.

Customer Reviews

Too good for the average listener

This album has a unique sound that doesn't fit in any molds. Many experts loved Kenna (President of Atlantic Records, Fred Durst of Limbizkit, Paul McGuinnes - manager of U2), but mainstream listeners just didn't get him (read the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell for more on this). I would recommend this album to anyone who considers mainstream music dull and contrived. This is unique enough to warrant a listen, and good enough to warrant a purchase.

one of the best in my collection

give the "New Sacred Cow" album a listen and you won't be sorry. this album is refreshing, and offers something new in contrast to the generic radio pop found everywhere as of late. Kenna is am amazing musician and he and his band are fantastic live, and great people overall. they are genuine, care about their fans, and create music that is both diverse and meaningful. Kenna provides an impressive variety of style in each of these songs; you're bound to be moved by one of them if not more. check out "Red Man" and "Love / Hate Sensation", my two personal favorites. if nothing else, you've got to respect the effort put forth in creating something new and original.

complex, yet glorious

I was first introduced by the song Hell Bent, and was immediately drawn to the subtle voice and surprisingly well incorporated electronics. I was very pleased to see that these both elements are kept for the entirety of the album. The electronics never feel over the top, as with many of the bands using them today, overall a very intriguing album that will never leave you bored and is surely worthy of a buy

Biography

Born: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Kenna Zemedkun spent the first three years of his life with his grandfather in Ethiopia, where his family was from. His mother and father had left the country soon after his birth to escape persecution from the new government, moving first to England and then to the U.S. Kenna eventually joined his parents in Cincinnati when he was three years old — however, he spent his formative years in the place that really affected his music: Virginia Beach. It was there that a friend lent him a copy of...
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