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Isaac Hayes (R.I.P.) – Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic

September 2nd, 2008

fonte: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL4h90t5UlI

"Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic"; from the album Hot Buttered Soul

Released at the tail end of the ’60s, Hot Buttered Soul set the
precedent for how soul would evolve in the early ’70s, simultaneously
establishing Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays as major forces within black
music. Though not quite as definitive as Black Moses or as well-known
as Shaft, Hot Buttered Soul remains an undeniably seminal record; it
stretched its songs far beyond the traditional three-to-four-minute
industry norm, featured long instrumental stretches where the Bar-Kays
stole the spotlight, and it introduced a new, iconic persona for soul
with Hayes’ tough yet sensual image. With the release of this album,
Motown suddenly seemed manufactured and James Brown a bit too
theatrical. Surprising many, the album features only four songs. The
first, "Walk on By," is an epic 12-minute moment of true perfection,
its trademark string-laden intro just dripping with syrupy sentiment,
and the thumping mid-tempo drum beat and accompanying bassline
instilling a complementary sense of nasty funk to the song; if that
isn’t enough to make it an amazing song, Hayes’ almost painful
performance brings yet more feeling to the song, with the guitar’s
heavy vibrato and the female background singers taking the song to even
further heights. The following three songs aren’t quite as stunning but
are still no doubt impressive: "Hyperbolicsyllabicsequedalymistic"
trades in sappy sentiment for straight-ahead funk, highlighted by a
stomping piano halfway through the song; "One Woman" is the least epic
moment, clocking in at only five minutes, but stands as a
straightforward, well-executed love ballad; and finally, there’s the
infamous 18-minute "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and its lengthy
monologue which slowly eases you toward the climactic,
almost-orchestral finale, a beautiful way to end one of soul’s
timeless, landmark albums, the album that transformed Hayes into a
lifelong icon.


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