CD REVIEW: Swift Tongues - My Finest Hour (2011)
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Swift Tongues delivers the goods."
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Swift Tongues
CD: My Finest Hour
Label: Scavenger Entertainment
Genre: Rap, Hip Hop
Sounds Like: Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Too Short
Technical Grade: 10/10
When you think of American rap locales one thinks of places like ATL, LA, NY. Even Seattle Washington has had its share of popular rap artists over the years. Artists like Sir Mix-A-Lot, Blue Scholers, The Boom Bap Project, No Clure come to mind. A fresh new CD recently slid across my desk from Seattle's own Swift Tongues entitled My Finest Hour (2011 - Scavenger Entertainment).
The CD kicks things off with “Feel It in the Air” This first piece slitters across the ears nicely and sets the stage rather well for this production. It's a smooth prelude of sorts with homey coated vocal intro feat. Dawn Jones with smooth hip hop groove, milky rap flow and infections persona from Swift Tongues himself. This track is a rock solid intro statement, catchy, hooky and infectious making for a solid first impression. Track 2 “Sharp as the Needle” dishes out yet another hypnotic groove with its heartfelt rap delivery, solid low end groove support and grand slam chorus. Track 3: one of my favorites “Callin’ Me” delivers melodic yet apocalyptic rap flow that’s hot to the touch, with yet another hooky chorus coupled with impressive vocal harmonies and hooky vocals accents. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many rap influences reminiscent of classic Biggie Smalls, Jay Z, Big L, and even old school Ghetto Boyz and Too Short. Along the way you can’t help but notice a lot of impressive musical soundscapes layered in the music. The mixing is brilliant and is packed to the hilt with things like sound effects, sampling, and effective keyboard and synthesizer accents. The beats are thick as a brick providing solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The CD has many musical flavors, from hip hop, rap, jazz, R&B and even psychedelic rock. You will find everything from clever rhymes, addictive melodies, lyrics that are thought provoking and rap flows that are world class. Now turning out attention to Swift Tongues - he is a marquee up and comer and should be treated as such. Some tracks are funny and up beat providing old school grooves, while others are dark and foreboding. A few tracks are extremely melodic like “Snake”, “Time for Heaven” and “Fair Westdide”. Some are infectious feel good grooves like “Sunglasses”, “International”, “Choose” and “If I Had A Dollar” but as expected a few tracks are just outright powerful like “Fly”, “Here Stands the Man”. While a few hit you right between the eyes like “Bigger than Life” and “Ice” This CD has something for just about everyone including a Grunge Rock piece ”Seattle Sound” and ends with Track 19: “Toast” the perfect faille statement for a CD of this caliber.
I usually dedicate this paragraph to any weaknesses found on the CD As you can see I have nothing to report.
Song for song, pound for pound My Finest Hour by Swift Tongues delivers the goods. Like a heavy weight fighter this production goes the full 12 rounds and never once lets its guard down. It has everything from raw intensify, clever lyrics, to songs that are well crafted and hold your attention span perfectly. As a whole this CD possesses allot of variety and versatility. It delivers the typical in your face urban swagger that you would expect from a top flight rap production, but even more impressive is the song for song production value. Swift Tongues brings an arsenal of rap producers he brings to the table (Ian, RC the Taholiq, OShay Lockett, Traq Addice, Sarkastik, Markus, JaBlaza, and Swift Tongues) Featuring artists (Toots Brown, Dawn Jones, Shanie206, Tracy Dysin, Bosten Black, Gansta Nutt, , Showtime, Davey Jones, Eri Mama, Mind Block, Young Meez, Chevy Shann, and Jesse James.) So if you want an action packed CD, Swift Tongues not only keeps it real, he will suck you in like a powerful drug – never letting go.