Cir­cus in the Sky

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

CIR­CUS in the Sky de­liv­ered Bliss N Eso its sec­ond suc­ces­sive No. 1 chart de­but on the back of mas­sive first- week sales that were higher than any other Aus­tralian act this year. The al­bum leaves no stone un­turned, with a 17- song track­list and a bevy of solid guests. Aussie rap mu­sic names such as 360, Drapht, Pez and Seth Sen­try are all in form but not ex­actly sur­pris­ing fea­tures. Soul man Daniel Mer­ri­weather is great, too. But the shock comes when Nas makes an ap­pear­ance. His voice comes like a god from the heav­ens. High­lights in­clude Jun­gle, which ap­pro­pri­ates Emma Louise’s song of the same name; Reser­voir Dogs with a whis­tle melody; the boom- bap of Home Is Where The Heart Is; and, of course, I Am Some­body, a hard- hit­ter with Nas. This is the act’s fifth al­bum and they were ob­vi­ously aim­ing for some­thing grand. From the live strings – a first for the group – to the Char­lie Chap­lin speech from The Great Dic­ta­tor, this is Bliss N Eso on a whole new level. There is also a lot of turntab­lism – barely a song goes by with­out a DJ scratch­ing up a storm. It’s a nice throw­back to early rap styles.

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