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Of The Heart, Of the Soul and Of the Cross: the Utopian Experience

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Artist: PM Dawn
Genre: Soul/R&B, Rap
Release Date: 1991

Review by DjBatman
4 stars out of 4

This album contains a couple of my favourite tracks of all times. PM Dawn managed to bring poetry and melody into hip-hop... Prince B's visionary lyrics are often coupled to unusual samples and breakbeats, and the result is imaginative and original. The hit single "Set adrift on memory bliss" (featuring classic Spandau Ballet samples and a beat used years before by Coldcut on their Eric B & Rakim's famous remix) is also contained on this disc, but the real gems are "Reality used to be a friend of mine", with his incredible lyrics accompained by piano loops and female vocals, and the spoken "The beautiful", which is pure poetry: "I drift along in a sea of compulsion / Whether or not I'm dead I have no idea / I'm standing on a hill that overlooks a meadow / and I'm thinking / Of absolutely nothing". Hippier than De La Soul, PM Dawn are something unique in the world of hip-hop.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

While Prince and others groped for a merger of pop melody, rap grit and spiritual aspirations, P.M. Dawn found it, on an album that effortlessly moves between the earthy and the light-headed." New York Times 1/1/92

Highly Recommended - " eye-popping, jaw-dropping, from-God's-mouth-to-your-ear debut ....knockout vocal arrangements..." Spin 8/91



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