Tuesday, November 2, 2010

CD Review: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.'s Record Collection

Posted By on Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 3:07 PM

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The Deal: International tastemaker, producer and guitarist drops an eclectic album with his band, The Business Intl.

The Good: What some would call all over the the place, I call awesome. Ronson pulled together some great guest appearances to go with his genre-bending soundtrack. There's Q-Tip over the "Bang Bang Bang." Ghostface Killah shouting out Michael Bivens and Bell Biv Devoe on "Lose It (In The End)." D'Angelo springing up seemingly out of the abyss for "Glass Mountain Trust."

Andrew Wyatt, from the Swedish indie pop band, Miike Snow, was only on two songs but made his presence felt. Whether it was raging on the uptempo, synth-heavy, "You Gave Me Nothing" or crooning soulfully on "Somebody to Love Me," (my favorite song on the album), he might be the album's standout feature.

The relatively unknown Rose Elinor Dougall was all over the project adding a noticeable-but-understated touch to the tracks she hopped on. Alex Greenwald (remember the bully from Donnie Darko) makes you believe the notion he was musician first and actor/model second.

"The Bike Song" with Spank Rock & Kyle Falconer is polarizing for some. I liked it though. Same goes for "Hey Boy" with Theophilus London.

The Bad: Having ATL rapper, Pill, do a song with the London Men's Gay Choir is a dope and different concept on paper but didn't deliver on wax. While it was cool to hear from D'Angelo, his song made you wonder how much better it would've been with Cee-Lo in his place.

The Verdict: Indescribably dope. Genre-bending without feeling like someone testing new waters. Ronson showed a range few in the industry will ever catch up with. Worth spending a couple shekels on.


Sony; Release date: Sept. 28, 2010

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