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The Internet – Purple Naked Ladies

on December 20, 2011, 8:00am
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Mostly by their own design, it’s almost impossible to separate any single member or side project from the larger Odd Future picture (well, with the exception of Frank Ocean). This makes it hard to look at The Internet (OFWGKTA’s Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians) objectively without pulling their cohorts’ releases and reputations into the mix. While it strays from what they’re known for (electronic pseudo-soul as opposed to hip-hop), it’s just not very exciting.

This is where the OFWGKTA association actually plays against them. The Internet’s debut record, Purple Naked Ladies, lacks the attitude that usually packs the collective’s other releases. Tracks with such provocative titles as “She dgaf” (an acronym for “don’t give a fuck”) and “C*nt” lack follow-through, feeling like punches with zero weight behind them.

It doesn’t help that the production sounds so generic, either. Syd handles primary vocal duties with various guests picking up healthy shares, singing over myriad electronic bleeps, blurts, and other disaffecting digital effects. What’s worse, the grooves fail to move you and the hooks don’t grab. Sure, it sounds like soul music, but where’s the soul?

Out of the lot, “Cocaine” stands out, featuring a verse from Left Brain that adds some helpful heft right in the song’s gut; The Internet might have done well to utilize rhymes from more of their colleagues.

When you boil it down, Purple Naked Ladies‘ biggest fault is that it’s generic. There’s little flavor and hardly any spice. Love or hate Odd Future, they’re usually good at stirring you toward one extreme or the other. The Internet misses in that regard, feeling so noncommital and bland that you have to wonder how hard they’re really trying with this one. Shock me, impress me, offend me if you must, but please just try to make me feel something about the music.

Essential Songs: “Cocaine”

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Offended
March 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

wtfffff sorry who reviewed this ahahahahahha whoever did, you are a joke and don’t know anything about good music, i cannot begin to explain how much of a pisstake this review is like, generic in comparison to what, madness, anyway exit stage right and go find a job that suits you like keeping your mouth closed!!!, maybe a librarian lol 1 and a half stars ahahahaha nah seriously dont review music Austin until you have been schooled.

like no offence to you personally but your review is offensive to not only music lovers but good music itself and self expression. 

OFWGKTAfan
February 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

This album was actually amazing. You shouldn’t be making reviews because you are clearly deaf. And to the person saying don’t let your liking of odd future blind your ears, i can assure you most people aren’t. IDGAF if a song is from odd future if i don’t like it, I DON’T LIKE IT. This album was very unique. LOL HATERS CAN SUCK THIS DICK.

Jeri
February 19, 2012 at 4:07 am

This a talented group of young urban adults doing it their way. From OF, to Jet Age of Tomorrow and now Syd; they have so much to offer to music, not everything will be every ones cup of tea.  As a collective OFWGKTA produces many forms of music which is more than many mainstream artist can say.  The group is so talented and they are really just getting their footing; despite the critics OFWGKTA is doing it their way. That in America today is Empowering!  I can’t hate them for fulfilling their dreams.  

Syd is young her voice will continue to mature.  She sounded great and I was pleasantly surprised. 

Street Hymns
January 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

i guarantee that over 90% of you coming to the defense of this album, downloaded it… so don’t let your like for Odd Future blind your ears, especially when you got it on the low… how much of a “fan” are you?

Dewan
March 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I’m buying the album today because I love it so much, and i’m one cheap ass dude. I listen to this album everyday, I wish I could afford 3 copies of it, because I would buy 3… Literally.

Chi
January 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

You have a bias that’s bleeding over your whole review

Blacktulip
December 22, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Her voice is pretty, unique & unpredictable. Kinda reminds me of the late Aaliyah, but not the ugly, generic take on that other singers have done in the past (Ashanti, Oobie). They did a great job on the album.

Fitzyc170
December 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I totally agree with this review, this album isssss bunk,

Kay
December 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

This Album is probably the best album I ever heard, Cocaine isn’t the only song on the album. If you can’t “feel” it, then what can you feel? It is clearly all about feeling.

spoke
December 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

This is a dope album. Simple as that. I don’t get what’s not to like about it. Generic production? It sounds like nothing else that’s out!

eric
December 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

bet the reviewer hasnt even seen the cocaine video. he clearly was expecting a rap album. fail.

Leahkou
December 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

you clearly know shit. you should delete this review because it is extremely misleading to everyone who might come acrross it. sucka dick

Bianca
December 21, 2011 at 6:43 am

Beautiful Album! enough said…

Carolina DT
December 21, 2011 at 6:07 am

This is why I hate reviews! Fuck You! Great chill album on some Neptunes Jazz type shit!

Master of all that is Jazz
January 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

>on some Neptunes Jazz type shit!

I’m positive you don’t know what jazz is.

Oneluvv305
December 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Wow this review is alot of crap. Odd future is a collective so they very in their sounds. Syd brings an eryka badu feeling to the group & I feel its her place. Her music is amazing & shouldnt be discredited just because shes in OF.

Morelines
December 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

wow disagree a lot with this review. this album is beautiful. 

ayyeeJ
December 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

This Review is really off. 

zackawii
December 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

normally agree with you guys but this review is waaaaaaaaaaaaay off. you don’t like it because it doesn’t sound like other odd future releases? your fault. why would you want it to? the production isn’t generic either. you hear all that wah wah guitar? all the fuzzed out low end beeps and bloops? the flows and grooves aren’t traditional. they mess with some time signatures, that’s their take on this music. i don’t think you understand this project enough to properly review it. at least your writing comes off as such.

Anonymous
December 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

well that sucks. i was looking forward to this. i’ll still check it out.

Djflee
December 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

it’s a great album. this reviewer just didn’t feel it. ah well, guess it wasn’t made for him-he really really didn’t get it.

Nitaa Neptune
December 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The Internet does NOT make the same music as the same current popular trending songs you have been hearing from Tyler and Mellowhype…..so you comparing The Internet’s genre to those of the fellow OFWGKTA members is where you went wrong in writing this article..dumbass. Not everyone in Odd Future is hip-hop, said so themselves. Do your research next time. 

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