CD REVIEW: Dr. Wippit - An Anthology of Sorts
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Dr. Wippit
CD: An Anthology of Sorts
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Ska, Alternative Rock, Funk-Rock
Sounds Like: Slightly Stupid, Stick Figure, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rebelution, 10Ft Ganja Plant
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: Genera Identity Crisis, Winded Songs
Dr. Wippit is a fascinating artists based out of Chicago who just released his latest CD entitled “An Anthology of Sorts” in 2012.
The CD quickly takes to flight with “Wippit Theme 2012” an intoxicating intro piece that flows and ebbs its way through to musical fruition. This first piece serves up impressive Reggae-driven groove against sonic-jazz soundscapes of impressive piano and bass ambience. The CD makes a great first impression and literally grabs your attention with its smooth as silk musical flow. Track 2 “If You Could Read My Mind” keeps things rocking in the full tilt direction with full tilt rocking guitar, well placed vocal accents against dynamic rhythm. Track 3 “Figure 7” a more marketable piece that serves up easy flowing rhythm section, against mesmerizing vocal melody against hooky bass line and Red Hot Chili Peppers-esque grove. The CD makes a great first impression providing 3 entertaining musical experiences in a row. Musical textures reminiscent of classic Slightly Stupid, Stick Figure, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rebelution, 10Ft Ganja Plant. As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are very smooth and easy flowing in nature, with crystal clear high-end clarity and solid low end feel. The music itself goes down clean but has a nitty-gritty sound thus filling the sonic space with what I would describe as funked out tranquility with all the qualities of classic ska-rock with elements of dub, chill, ambient pop. Dr. Wippit clearly has a keen musical instinct thorough his conservative writing and playing. All in all the CD has some truly impressive moments showcasing impressive programming, sampling, songwriting, rhythm chops, dynamic grooves and solid guitar playing all rich in melody and flavor. What’s even more impressive is how well all the instruments share the sonic space together. I was entertained the entire time. Another impressive aspect of this CD is how unselfishly Dr. Wippit plays his parts avoiding any showboating of any kind. They clearly knows how to play instruments the way it is meant to be played. Dr. Wippit is no slouch on guitar (Rhythm and solos) and has some amazing songwriting and production instincts. From heart felt “Never Again” to rocking Crumbling Towers”, “Opener”, and “Its on You” to slamming “Pocket of Hope” and Cry Like a Child” to hooky “Mama Baby” to melodic “Be Here Now” and “Intro” to mesmerizing “Third” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with the track 15 “Three Four” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
The CD suffers from a mild case of genera identity crisis and spreads itself way to thin across too many genera’s. Dr. Wippit should narrow the fairway with respect to his overall sound and what he’s trying to do musically. Because of this the CD lacks continuity track for track and song for song – as it doesn’t even sound like the same artist. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. The electronic beats work for some songs but not for others. There's no barcode on the back of the CD which indicates a retail non-compatibility. There's no release date mentioned anywhere on the product. The CD itself not mode of quality Silk Screen material – some of the aforementioned issues are not typical of industry standard releases.
An Anthology of Sorts by Dr. Wippit is an impressive musical production from start to finish. There’s not really a weak song on this entire catalog period! The songs are infectious and catchy. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Last but not least - the playing, writing and production abilities of one Dr. Wippit are amazing. Dr. Wippit clearly has musical talent and his productions strokes (including mixing) are masterful. Trust me when I say An Anthology of Sorts will suck you in and never let you go.