Listening to the Internet’s Ego Death is to me the pickled ginger equivalent of this year’s Hip Hop flavored jazz music. If To Pimp a Butterfly is the Sushi and Robert Glasper is the wasabi then Ego Death has to be the Pickled Ginger. They both have a warm and immediate flavor, it isn’t too heavy or thick. It is enjoyable and a really smooth palette cleanser. The production is great, yet it is not all that attention grabbing. It is perfectly content to just stay behind the singer and keeps everything moving. The lead singer Syd’s vocals are solid, she doesn’t really do anything crazy, but she has some really good harmonies in places. The album is well balanced, the tracklist is diverse and put together well to make the album flow outstandingly.
One of the best songs is “Girl,” a six minute stunner of a track; the production on it is the sole time I felt that the production was at the forefront. It is this kind of dark and spacey beat and the drums are spread over both the left and right side - instead of the more traditional straight up the middle. The switch up at the end is perfectly placed and fits the mood of the song.
Another song that really caught my attention was “Penthouse Cloud.” The opening drew me in and the song did not let me lose focus on it. I think the lyrics on this track are what most captivated me, compared to the rest of the songs this is the one least focused with girls - I mean considering the first thing you hear on the album is, “Now she wants to fuck with me,” it is not that hard to do. Syd asks God, “Father, oh Lord in heaven, is this how you saw it? When you made your creation, is this what you wanted? Is this what you wanted?” She is referring to the violence that is prevalent in this country, specifically the violence against people of color. She later says that it is a “war outside” and tries to answer her own question, “Maybe we’ll never know. Or maybe we’ll find paradise in the sky when we die.”
This album is really good it isn’t the most in your face kind of album. It is content to just be there and not be obtrusive. The production is great and Syd is on point. The lyrical content while not that deep is well written and handled as a whole. Ego Death is a well thought out and exceptionally crafted album.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)