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I'll Sleep When You're Dead

by El-P
I'll Sleep When You're Dead by El-P
Released: Mar 2007
Label: Definitive Jux
After a five year break, El-P is back for another round of post-apocalyptic dread. The production here is more melodious than on previous album, Fantastic Damage, but it's only a matter of degrees; tracks like "Tasmanian Pain Coaster" and "Drive" feature waves of cacophony breaking against jittery rhythms. Lyrically, El-P focuses on the conceptual. On the beautifully twisted "Habeas Corpus," he assumes the persona of a futuristic slave executioner who has fallen in love with his subject. It's jarring and perfectly realized.
Sam Chennault
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