Elias - Scraps Of Paper

Published Tuesday 1st March 2005
Elias - Scraps Of Paper
Elias - Scraps Of Paper

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10805-9943
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1


Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Elias Wallace, who hails from Colton, California, weighs in with an erratic debut. The opener "Everything" sounds like an unconvincing experiment of an acoustic singer/songwriter trying to rap. But when Elias moves on to tougher street sounds like "Fair And Balanced" and "Last Night" he's not without appeal, exuding a West Coast swagger. The problem is Elias' raps are rhythmically unadventurous so even when he's got a phat rhythm and a message of spiritual rebirth the emcee seldom truly engages the listener. I know Elias' work with the Scribbling Idiots collective and his appearances on several albums by other emcees such as Luke Geraty have built Elias' reputation on the hip-hop underground. But I still feel his best work is ahead of him.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Everything [Listen]
2. 2 Worlds [Listen]
3. Fair And Balanced [Listen]
4. Last Night [Listen]
5. Soulstice [Listen]
6. Breath Of My Life [Listen]
7. Color Outside The Lines [Listen]
8. Flowers For Algernon [Listen]
9. Despair [Listen]
10. Sunday Morning Comin' Home [Listen]
11. Love Life [Listen]
12. Sometimes [Listen]
13. Fall And Then Rise [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jessica Laverdure in Great Falls Montana @ 22:07 on Oct 4 2005

I strongly disagree i had te pleasur in meeting elias and listen to his band in person and i think he has some pretty strong lyrics



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