Raury- Devil's Whisper

6/21/2015 tunes4loons 0 Comments

GREAT ODIN'S RAVEN! Raury, you're so wise. You're like a miniature Buddha. I mean, Sweet Lincoln's musket, I'm in a glass case of emotion after this track! By the beard of Zeus, I freakin' love you, Raury! Sure the cynicism of the track is brutal it's like Knights of Columbus, that hurt! But ultimately it's just Raury being like 'I'm expressing my inner anguish through the majesty of song!' so let it slide and you stay classy... Planet Earth***.

***If you didn't get it by now (#dumbass), the previous paragraph is like 90.2% Ron Burgundy quotes (sry, but it's on my bucket list to get in the Guinness Book of World Records and I wanna break an easy record. So I chose to go for most Ron Burgundy quotes in under 80 words. Total RB quote count is 9. If anyone can top that, I h8 u but also pLz e-mail me cause I kinda think we're meant to be besties.)

In all seriousness though, "Devil's Whisper" is sensational. It's one of those rare tracks that successfully bridges the gaps between rap, folk and jazz (key word being successfully). What starts out as a little piece of alternative-folk gold takes an avant-guarde turn and the track winds down in a thumping, electronic denouement complete with Raury's own compelling rap verses. His production choices are truly inspired, from the husky choral vocals to the bluesy pizzicato of the upright bass. And the angsty climax of his rapping at the end just had me like:

I'm being 100% serious! My jaw literally dropped the first time I listened to this as if I was some Mel Blanc creation. And ultimately, after the 3:43 of this pure eclectic ingenuity, I only have one thing left to say to Mr. Tullis: