Lifesavas-Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack (2007)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 84% (B++)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Intro: Welcome To Razorblade City
  2. Double Up
  3. Gutterfly
  4. No Surpise/[Scene I: Fly Paper]
  5. Shine Language
  6. Take Me Away
  7. A Serpent’s Love/[Scene II: Jimmy Slimwater’s New Orleans Funeral]
  8. Dead Ones/[Scene III:Revenge]
  9. The Warning
  10. Superburn/[Scene IV: Trouble]
  11. Night Out/[Scene V: Connects]
  12. The Squeeze
  13. Long Letter
  14. Freedom Walk/[Scene VI: Marvelous The Mouthpiece]
  15. Celebrate/[Finale]
  16. Hidden Scene: The Legend Of The Gutterfly
  17. Hidden Track: Tailormade Razorbladez

Favourite Song on Album:

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s friggin’ rad.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes! I’m sure it won’t be easy to find, though.

Final Thoughts:

Lifesavas have been slept on for far too long, and I’m here to wake a few of you up to their albums. They’ve done stuff with the likes of Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, and Lyrics Born, yet they’re forced to tour as hype men for Gift of Gab instead of doing their own thing. That’s not to diss Blackalicious, I have no doubt Lifesavas love working with them, what I’m getting at is that they deserve their own stage and it’s more than evident on their album Gutterfly. Pitchfork gave the album an 8, which is rare for any underground hip hop album (even Jurassic 5 has a hard time getting that kind of love from pitchfork). Gutterfly is consistently catchy, powerfully political, and incredibly original and I don’t know how it’s gone so long without getting the dues it deserves. Please do me (and yourself) a favor and spin this album.

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