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Thursday, February 26, 2004
Happiness is a warm turntable
OK, I broke out the ol' Soulseek and managed to download the first five tracks of Danger Mouse's controversial opus. If you haven't heard already, the DJ decided to combine The Beatles' "White Album" with Jay-Z's "Black Album" to create, that's right, "The Grey Album." Already, it's become a weapon in the P2P war. Downhill Battle, a "music activism" site, encouraged webmasters to post the tracks on their sites for what they dubbed "Grey Tuesday." Over 400 participated and 170 have been threatened with lawsuits.
But enough about all that. Is it any good?
From what I've heard, eh, yes and no. "Glass Onion" sounds great remixed on a track called "Encore" but there's just one little problem: JAY-Z. Of all the artists to mix in with the Beatles, why did it have to be him? He's not the only one that's done a riff on the Beatles by coughing up a "Black Album." Prince did it. Dr. Dre kinda did it. Metallica definitely did it. Hell, even The Dandy Warhols did it.
What Danger Mouse has here is half of a good idea. It's too bad he wasn't willing to sacrifice the "grey" theme to make a greater whole.