Sour Soul w/ Ghostface Killah
The collaborative album, as rare as it is, is a challenge to get right – all artists involved have to equally benefit from the partnership, and it should hopefully be more than just the sum of it's parts (a recent example that worked is the recent Robyn/Royksopp EP, a regrettable one is the Weezer/Lil Wayne single from a few years back). Sour Soul, the new full-length album from Toronto instrumental genre-mashers BadBadNotGood and Wu Tang Clan founding member Ghostface Killah ultimately succeeds not because of each artist’s individual talents, but how they play off each other; Killah is a legendary storyteller and the band’s live arrangements lean towards the cinematic vibes of pulpy ‘70s flicks and Morricone westerns. Neither act steals the spotlight, but there’s no need to. The project feels like a cohesive unit, thanks in part to the involvement of producer Frank Dukes who made the introduction, guided the recording sessions over a two-year span, and mixed. Groove-tight and meticulously constructed, Sour Soul will leave you with a significantly better taste than most collab discs.