Perfect Hair (album)

Perfect Hair is a studio album by American rapper Busdriver.[1] It was released on September 9, 2014, by Big Dada.[2] The album features guest appearances from Aesop Rock, Danny Brown and Open Mike Eagle, among others.[3] The cover art was painted by John Lurie.[4] Music videos were made for "Ego Death",[5] "Colonize the Moon",[6] "Eat Rich"[7] and "Motion Lines".[8]

Perfect Hair
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)
GenreHip hop
Length46:55
LabelBig Dada
Producer
Busdriver chronology
Beaus$Eros
(2012)
Perfect Hair
(2014)
Thumbs
(2015)

On June 20, 2014, "Ego Death" was chosen by Consequence of Sound as one of their Top 10 Songs of the Week.[9]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.1/10[10]
Metacritic74/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[12]
Clash7/10[13]
Consequence of SoundB–[14]
Exclaim!7/10[15]
musicOMH[16]
PopMatters7/10[17]
Tiny Mix Tapes[18]

Perfect Hair received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 74, based on 10 reviews.[11]

Adam Kivel of Consequence of Sound said: "Wild, insanely ambitious, and a bit inconsistent, Perfect Hair encodes and decodes the ideas, opinions, and deconstructions that can only come from Farquhar's brain."[14] David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "Perfect Hair contains all the usual reasons Busdriver is wonderful, just with a little more sugar baked in."[12] Grant Brydon of Clash said, "The rollercoaster ride of his delivery makes it an enjoyable experience rather than a textbook headache."[13] Matt Bauer of Exclaim! said, "A few duds abound, like the wearisome "Eat Rich", but the album ends strongly with the sci-fi-flavoured "Colonize the Moon".[15] Jack Dutton of musicOMH said, "Although this album is at times a difficult listen, you can't help but admire Busdriver for his innovation and general wackiness."[16] Nathan Stevens of PopMatters said, "Perfect Hair is no doubt a great album, but its tendency to fidget between ideas leaves it the idea of cohesion in a shallow grave."[17]

Track listing

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Retirement Ode"Busdriver3:19
2."Bliss Point"Busdriver3:35
3."Ego Death" (featuring Aesop Rock and Danny Brown)Jeremiah Jae6:00
4."Upsweep"Mono/Poly4:28
5."When the Tooth-lined Horizon Blinks" (featuring Open Mike Eagle)Great Dane4:09
6."Motion Lines"Busdriver5:12
7."Eat Rich"Kenny Segal3:08
8."King Cookie Faced (for Her)"Busdriver4:05
9."Can't You Tell I'm a Sociopath" (featuring VerBS)Mike Gao3:10
10."Colonize the Moon" (featuring Pegasus Warning)
  • Riley Lake
  • Busdriver
9:49

Notes

  • "Retirement Ode" features uncredited vocals by Terra Lopez
  • "Bliss Point" features uncredited saxophone by Ben Wendel
  • "Colonize the Moon" includes a bonus track at 5:13, called "Bone Structure" featuring Open Mike Eagle
  • "Joyce 1" features uncredited vocals by Joelle Le and Riley Lake
  • "King Cookie Faced (for Hellfyre)" features uncredited vocals by Terra Lopez and Joelle Le

References

  1. Kangas, Chaz (September 3, 2014). "Busdriver Keeps Pushing Boundaries, More Than Anyone in Hip-Hop". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014.
  2. Baker, Soren (September 5, 2014). "Busdriver "Perfect Hair" Release Date, Cover Art, Tracklist, Album Stream & Tour Itinerary". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014.
  3. Joyce, Colin (June 16, 2014). "Hear Busdriver's Prickly Collab with Danny Brown and Aesop Rock – "Ego Death" heralds 'Perfect Hair' album, due September 9 on Big Dada". Spin. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014.
  4. Beauchemin, Molly (June 16, 2014). "Busdriver Teams With Danny Brown and Aesop Rock for "Ego Death" – From Busdriver's new album Perfect Hair". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014.
  5. Hughes, Josiah (July 10, 2014). "Busdriver "Ego Death" (ft. Aesop Rock and Danny Brown) (video)". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on September 14, 2014.
  6. Kramer, Kyle (July 23, 2014). "Busdriver Heads Into Space to Rap and "Colonize the Moon"". Vice. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  7. Gillespie, Blake (September 15, 2014). "Busdriver, "Eat Rich"". Impose. Archived from the original on October 10, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  8. Raymer, Miles (October 14, 2014). "Dive into Busdriver's kaleidoscopic 'Motion Lines' video". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on June 5, 2016.
  9. Madden, Michael (June 20, 2014). "Top 10 Songs of the Week (6/20)". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014.
  10. "Perfect Hair by Busdriver reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Archived from the original on November 12, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  11. "Perfect Hair – Busdriver". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  12. Jeffries, David (September 8, 2014). "Perfect Hair – Busdriver". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 16, 2014.
  13. Brydon, Grant (September 16, 2014). "Busdriver – Perfect Hair". Clash. Archived from the original on September 16, 2014.
  14. Kivel, Adam (September 12, 2014). "Busdriver – Perfect Hair". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015.
  15. Bauer, Matt (September 8, 2014). "Busdriver Perfect Hair". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015.
  16. Dutton, Jack (September 8, 2014). "Busdriver – Perfect Hair". musicOMH. Archived from the original on May 5, 2015.
  17. Stevens, Nathan (September 9, 2014). "Busdriver: Perfect Hair". PopMatters. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014.
  18. Scott, Jackson (October 6, 2014). "Busdriver – Perfect Hair". Tiny Mix Tapes. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014.
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