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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

Dessa's "Pet Sounds"

Whether Dessa made a concerted effort to avoid making a record that wasn't a simple repeat of her first full length debut (A Badly Broken Code) or this represents her natural evolution as a lyricist, raconteur and vocalist, Parts of Speech is a departure from her previous releases. Yet, at the same time, it still possesses all of the same haunting beauty, eminent literacy and intelligence and genre-defying style that her fans expect of her. Doomtree's production continues to evolve as well, complimenting those attributes masterfully. It is songwriting at its very finest - not one word or hook goes to waste. Both her already-besotted fans and newcomers to her unique stylings alike will find Parts of Speech to be nothing short of a triumph in every imaginable aspect.

Another amazing album

Dessa once again proves that not only is she one of the most talented MC's working today, but also most talented writer, lyricist, singer, artist, drinker, and kite flyer. This album (or any album from the Doomtree Crew) is not to be missed.

Parts of Speech

Amazing songwriting, incredible musicianship, fantastic production, bone chilling harmonies, and tear welling plots. So good!


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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