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Album Review

From the first downbeat, Applied Communications' Africa Baby, Yeah Yeah Yeah is impossible to ignore. A hilarious send-up of laptop glitch and old-school rap — like Cex in a goofy mood — this album seems like the hip-hop version of They Might Be Giants or, in a way, even the first Violent Femmes album. It's a party jam for geeks. It's indie, it's pop, it's a cut-and-paste mishmash of electro insanity. Songs like "Boy for Sale" and "Kangaroo" do a great job of crossing Paul's Boutique with Japanese Shibuya-kei, Momus (albeit rapping), and some of the quirky, lo-fi vocals of Ninja Tune's Fog. "Ocean! Ocean! Ocean!" even mixes Mancini strings, laptop beats, and rhymes about Target. While not as innovative as immediately mind-blowing artists like the Streets and Dizzee Rascal, one-man band Max Wood is doing his own thing entirely, without compromise, without even pretending to care what listeners think. And that is pretty punk rock, which adds another layer to the already dense and stunningly awkward pop-rap record.

Customer Reviews

One of the best albums of 2004. No, of all time.

This album is AMAZING! I must say, I wasn't killer on all of the songs right off the bat, but after a few listenings, I couldn't stop the addiction. I doubt that I could find any other record that is so pure in emotional and sporadic lyricism and music. Behind the words, there is either menacing meaning, or endless voids into blackholes. Casio's and peanut butter discos, boxes in carports, this album is definitely a jump off the cliff into an oblivion of chaos. I laugh, I dance, I love it.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Applied Communications is Max Wood, whose lo-fi, anti-rock antics consist of discordant vocals, found sounds, and a deconstruction of art. His first record, Africa Baby, Yeah Yeah Yeah, was released in March 2004 and features contributions by Chad Matheny of labelmate...
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Africa Baby, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Applied Communications
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Vocal, Music
  • Released: Mar 30, 2004

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