Friday, July 01, 2005

Friday Filler

For a thirteen year-old song that involves a lot of apostrophizing to God, Arrested Development's "Tennessee" holds up pretty well. In fact, the whole 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life Of album still sounds good, although that title never has. AD put everything they had into that album, and were subsequently a spent force, essentially repeating the same formula until they got as sick of it as everybody else and quit.

"Tennessee" is a fine example of early nineties hip hop, with big beats and a chorus you'll be singing for days. AD frontman Speech has some heavy shit on his mind, but here as elsewhere on the album his lyrical touch is light and he never stoops to sermonizing. This is a serious yet quite joyful song. It's a pity AD didn't go on to produce more music of this quality.

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