Revolution - Life On Five Inches: The Prelude

Published Wednesday 22nd August 2007
Revolution - Life On Five Inches: The Prelude
Revolution - Life On Five Inches: The Prelude

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29715-12987
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: CD Mini-album
RRP: £7.00

Reviewed by Ian Martin

This disc should come with a warning on the cover that reads, "May cause neck injury." London-based Revolution, real name Otty Warmann, delivers personal, intelligent and inspirational lyrics over an array of strong, jazzy hip-hop beats. Few artists attempt the combination of singing, rapping and spoken word styles on one project, but Revolution manages to surmount this musical triathlon with seeming ease. His flow is reminiscent of classic MCs Talib Kweli and Common, which by coincidence are both mentioned on the record. The spoken word on "What Is Peace?" shows an intimate side of the artist willing to explore abstract concepts. Admittedly, the intro to the album leaves the listener unconvinced by Otty's singing voice, but by the first few lines of the next track all doubts should be firmly put to rest. There is not only an eclectic mix of vocal styles, but Mr Warmann also significantly varies production methods between tracks. On songs such as "Refiner" and "Dreamin'", quintessential hip-hop production techniques are exhibited, with smooth samples and tight drum programming. However "Change Gon' Come" shows his musical diversity employing a live/acoustic sound. There is a flow to the songs that suggests a freedom in worship and talent that allows for a very pleasurable, albeit short, listening experience. In fact the only gripe about this music is that there's simply not enough of it! Be on the watch-out for more from this artist. The Revolution is definitely here!

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Intro [Listen]
2. Refiner [Listen]
3. Interlude [Listen]
4. Change G'on Come [Listen]
5. Dreamin' [Listen]
6. My First Love [Listen]
7. What Is Peace- [Listen]
8. Change G'on Come (Acoustic) [Listen]

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