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Dessa’s mastery of literary form and hip-hop flow is in full evidence on Parts of Speech, the Minneapolis-based rapper’s third solo album. Those who've followed her work as a member of the Doomtree collective have come to expect both poetic finesse and street smarts from this protean word-slinger. Parts of Speech doesn’t disappoint, giving greater emphasis to Dessa’s caressing singing style and feel for provocative beats. Freely transgressing music-genre boundaries, she fills “Call Off Your Ghost” with wounded anger, radiates battle-scarred strength in “Skeleton Key,” and unleashes a deadly verbal barrage on “Fighting Fish.” Softer, more melancholy numbers like “Annabelle” and “Sound the Bells” are every bit as riveting as the more aggressive tracks. “Beekeeper” (a reworking of a tune on 2011’s Castor, the Twin) captures her at her most delicately lyrical; “Warsaw” reveals her as a full-blown diva radiating dance floor heat. Moving beyond her own material, she turns Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Going Down” into a quietly devastating revelation.

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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!

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.


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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