Opened my eyes
Never heard a hip hop album like it before or since. Even Absence can't really recreate the beauty and intensity of this record. Lots of gorgeous melodies buried in mounds of static, great lyricism. Texture for miles. Some songs are even poppy in a triumphant way. Forever Close My Eyes is my favorite, with the heavenly delayed and reverberated bells buoying the song up into the stratosphere while it dwells on some of the darkest themes of the album. If it weren't for the 12 minute noise fest of Black Smoke Rises, I'd give it 5 stars. Skip that track.