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American Trash Republic
How Dying Saved My Life

When you find yourself scrambling for a dictionary you're going to need divine clarity, because ATR is filling the air with complexity, they're confounding you lyrically with their found-art street poetry. OK, so my rhymes are pretty weak, but the American Trash Republic collective, consisting of Death Before Dishonor, Pilot Apollo, Concept Oner, Skull Bludgeon, Alter Ego and Dj Illete, have created a completely satisfying package. The crew lashes out with stabs at religiosity and political and social ills as viciously as Corporate Avenger, but with twice the intelligence, three times the heart and all the street cred those Kottonmouth cohorts lack.

The learned lyrics read like a poli-sci text, "Spitting napalm karma/ eating your functionalism/ useless/ the naysayer slayer/ the present day Bay Of Pigs Arayer." Too much philosophical discourse? Strap on DJ Illiete's masterful lost-art scratching which has Ernie exclaiming, "Bert you're sick!" Or enjoy the nimble-lipped rap Alter Ego employs on "Hunger Pains" which cleverly melds the Wicked Witch guard chant with "Swing Low."

The backdrops are beautiful, well-chosen loops augmented with unusual beat tones. They could use more switch-ups in the samples, but the vocal content more than keeps your attention with entertainingly offensive rants like "Fuck You": "I bury bodies beneath sewage factories/ I'm a waste product of suburban Thornton/ after snorting cocaine I perform abortions/ I accept the fact that nothing's important/ my verbal portraits create distortions." Overall, How Dying Saved My Life is chock full of shock and ear candy to keep you happy or cringing for days to come, depending on your sensibilities. Very well done.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track List:
1. Intro
2. I Let The Days Skip
3. Lost In Time
4. Hunger Pains
5. Bride Of Bludgeon
6. Interlude 1
7. Organ Cutter
8. Goodbye
9. Fuck You
10. The 12th Prospect
11. Ohh Right
12. Interlude 2
13. Rocks Break Down
14. The Wicked
15. I Can't Feel Any Pain
16. Outro

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