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Devlin - Bud, Sweat and Beers

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Anybody got this yet, thoughts? I'm not really a fan of him but curious to hear this album.

saw someone talking about it on twitter so googled and came across the NME review which I thought would be positive, I was seriously wrong.

Devlin, the young Dagenham grime MC with a name that sounds like a brand of vacuum cleaner, first gained prominence hosting sets on pirate radio station Rinse FM as a 15-year-old. Back then his quick-fire cadence and compellingly brutal tales of council estate depravity were evocative of Dizzee Rascal (before he turned into a Butlins entertainer).

Listening to the 21-year-old’s major label debut, it is clear that something has gone awry. His delivery on almost every song is laboured and morbidly languid; he’s beginning to sound, dare I say it, a bit doltish.

You can’t blame Devlin completely, though. In a musical climate where Tinchy Stryder, the rapping Kermit The Frog, was the biggest selling British male solo artist of 2009, major labels will try anything to mimic the bafflingly popular midget’s success. Since last year a host of grime MCs – Tinie Tempah, Scorcher, Skepta – have been snapped up, and Devlin is just another name on this list.

From start to finish on this depressing album the inoffensive, catchy chorus and characterless production mulch has been laid on thick in a bid to pick up tweens. The problem is, Devlin doesn’t alter his lyrics to suit this unfamiliar musical palette. You can get as introspective as you like on avant-garde grime beats but when you’re talking about your heart being “colder than Pingu” over emo pianos and sappy strings it just suggests that you’re yet to grow out of your Eminem obsession.

‘Let It Go’, made by Tinie Tempah collaborator Labrinth, jolts uncomfortably from sluggish dubstep dirge to dreamy, lolloping waltzer synths before inexplicably jumping into a mid-section of angular indie-rock, like circling the perimeter of a very low-budget music festival in a fairground dodgem while sat next to a stoned teenager having a bit of a moan.

It’s not, however, all bad. The grime-by-numbers of ‘1989’ is a touchingly open account of his short life set over beguiling synths and urgent heavy-metal guitar stabs. Devlin then threatens to get “dirty like Leslie Grantham” on ‘Brainwashed’ – and short of sticking his finger in his mouth while masturbating in front of ?a stranger on his webcam, he sort of does. It’s also the closest to the Devlin of old that we get. As usual, though, the song is marred by an angsty chorus that sounds like it could have been lifted off Mel C’s debut solo LP.

This album is a brutal lesson concerning the countless flaws of allowing hit-obsessed majors to try and mould grime MCs into pop stars. Devlin’s slogan is “sex, pubs and on the dole” and it’s hard not to believe his life – and ours – would be much more pleasant if he lived by this and forgot about being the new Dizzee Rascal.

3 out of 10

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Brutal

Thing is I can imagine this being pretty accurate

I used to be a Devlin fan aswell but the stuff I've heard from him of recent has been awful

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Brutal

Thing is I can imagine this being pretty accurate

I used to be a Devlin fan aswell but the stuff I've heard from him of recent has been awful

c/s

ghetto kyote, take my away, 1st version of community outcast, dealers etc >>>>>>

brainwashed and that tune with giggs etc left me plainfaced

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Thought that review was harsh, but it is def a depressing album I will have to admit.

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im sorry but

You can’t blame Devlin completely, though. In a musical climate where Tinchy Stryder, the rapping Kermit The Frog,

LMFAO

they ate man though, didnt they also give Eliza Doolittle 0/10?

but real talk after London City (i wont count community outcast cos thats from like 06) he aint been able to spit on beat, like i jus cant enjoy a tune hes on hes badly offbeat

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f*ck NME, them pussyholes don't know sh*t.

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f*ck NME, them pussyholes don't know sh*t.

^^ as much as i co sign with the above, and dont even listen to devlin like dat i can well believe the album sounds like dat

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album aint all that bad

but i only really listen to london city, that tune is a ZONERS

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Bud%2C_Sweat_and_Beers_Devlin_cover.PNG

covers dead

and what, they couldnt even make man a logo?

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Album isnt great. But its not sh*t.

The hooks tend to all sound the same on each song though.

Liking Dreamer & Our Father.

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devlin has been marketed completely wrong tbh

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I actually like the album, it's not perfect but its definately his lane. Glad he's not put Shot Music on there cos that was shitter than sh*t.

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NME co-sign some mediocre and pretty sh*t band/artist so if they're giving it a 3/10 it doesnt bode well for Devs

always had my reservations of how much Devlin one human being could handle before skipping (ala f*ck radio days) but i'll give it a listen and form my own opinion

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devlin has been marketed completely wrong tbh

Dont think they knew how to market him tbh.

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NME co-sign some mediocre and pretty sh*t band/artist so if they're giving it a 3/10 it doesnt bode well for Devs

always had my reservations of how much Devlin one human being could handle before skipping (ala f*ck radio days) but i'll give it a listen and form my own opinion

Tales From the Crypt is one of the top 5 grime mixtapes imo

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f*ck NME, them pussyholes don't know sh*t.

^^ as much as i co sign with the above, and dont even listen to devlin like dat i can well believe the album sounds like dat

C/S

Dan Hancox (who is basically the authority on London underground or 'urban' music in the world of journalism) gave it 3 out of 5 in Q magazine

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dan hancox kinda gets on my nerves

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He's a bit pretentious but he knows his sh*t at least

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need a link? anyone got it??

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tbh i think this is a solid album... very listenable...

its obviously not grime devlin but its a compromise, and a quite respectable one in that...

much better than tinies and all them guys commercial efforts.

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i generally try not to do that whole what happened to so and so

but

he was sick

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Really like that Ldn City tune. Good use of the sample aswell.

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tbh i think this is a solid album... very listenable...

its obviously not grime devlin but its a compromise, and a quite respectable one in that...

much better than tinies and all them guys commercial efforts.

better than tinies??

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