#8 on the 2012 Musical Bacon Calendar
The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Hip hop is not my forte. I find it quite difficult to write about hip hop, because while I’ve enjoyed various hip hop and rap acts over the years, I don’t have the history needed to draw the lines of connection between new and old artists. So please forgive me if my review of the awesome album at #8, The Heist, by Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, is little more than “I LOVE THIS ALBUM.”
My love of Macklemore started back in early 2011, with the death of beloved Mariners sportscaster Dave Niehaus. Macklemore wrote a touching tribute to Niehaus that literally brought a tear to my eye. He even got to perform the song in tribute to Niehaus on the grass at Safeco back on April 8, 2011. It’s a touching song for a good man, and it won me over to what Macklemore was trying to accomplish.
Fast forward to this past October, when Macklemore and Lewis released The Heist, which features “My Oh My” — the Niehaus song — and 17 other fantastic songs. The music that Ryan Lewis puts together to flow up and down behind Macklemore’s intelligent rhymes is sublime, at once leading the song and taking a back seat at the same time.
If you’ve liked hip hop in the past, you’ll find it hard to not like this album. The album alternates between comical songs, like “Thrift Store” above, and music-with-a-cause, like “My Oh My” and the popular “Same Love,” a rare pro-homosexuality and gay marriage song from the hip hop community. It does have it’s moments of base, teenage humor mixed in with the soapbox songs, making it difficult to recommend the album for everybody. But overall, this is an immensely likable album.
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10. State Hospital EP by Frightened Rabbit
11. A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits
12. Some Nights by fun.
13. Tramp by Sharon van Etten
14. Fear Fun by Father John Misty
15. Love This Giant by David Byrne and St. Vincent
16. To The Treetops! by Team Me
17. The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood
18. There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man On Earth
19. Transcendental Youth by The Mountain Goats
20. A Church That Fits Our Needs by Lost In The Trees
21. Hospitality by Hospitality
22. Free Dimensional by Diamond Rings
23. History Speaks by Deep Sea Diver
24. A Different Ship by Here We Go Magic
25. Negotiations by the Helio Sequence
26. Moms by Menomena
27. The Sound of the Life of the Mind by Ben Folds Five
28. Shields by Grizzly Bear
29. Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun by The Wooden Sky
30. Fragrant World by Yeasayer
31. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells