Dudley Perkins - Expressions

Dudley Perkins - Expressions
Genre: Rap
Duration: 41:58
Recording Date: 2005
Artist: Dudley Perkins
Album: Expressions
Release Date: 2006
Recording Location: Def Con IV, Los Angeles, CA
Styles: Underground Rap, Neo-Soul, Soul

Referring to Dudley Perkins' second album as a more focused set of songs than his first wouldn't necessarily be appropriate. The "singer"/rapper, as ever, often sounds as if he's either rubbing or straining his eyes to see whatever happens to be immediately in front of him, whether it's a lyric sheet or a bathroom door. Expressions does sound like less of a slapdash experiment. This time around, Perkins is more about songs than merely showing up, and though the template is basically the same (he's nothing if not a product of his '70s and early-'80s R&B collection, and he's proud to let you know exactly that), he also lends more of his personality and might've even written some of his material while clear-headed. When he sings -- he cannot actually sing -- he has a funny way of being entirely appealing, even though he's not really trying that hard. If he tried hard, he'd sound ridiculous. And he probably realizes this more than anyone else, so he shuffles on with his ragamuffin funk, expressing his love for music, women, weed, and his god. Maybe it's the weed, but he prioritizes his loves in a peculiar order. Weed is first, his god is probably second, and music appears to be ahead of women. On "Come Here My Dear," Perkins slips in a punch line that would probably get him kicked out of bed: "Almost love you as much as this music." On "Dear God," the extremely funny and very touching finale (aided by eerie, heartstrings-tugging backing), Perkins asks his god of all the usual stuff and then happily confesses that he's going to remain high as long as possible, "So when the rain comes down, I won't feel a thing." The strangest moment of all is the lone skit, in which Perkins and his girlfriend recite a domestic violence scene as if they're reading a transcript from an episode of Cops while completely blown out. Once again, Madlib provides all the bleary, bumping productions and proves to be Perkins' ideal collaborator.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Funky Dudley / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins2:47
Me / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins3:10
Testin' Me / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins4:26
Get on Up / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins3:03
Come Here My Dear / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins3:07
That's the Way It's Gonna Be / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins3:16
Domestic Interlude / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins1:21
Separate Ways / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins2:36
Dollar Bill / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins3:07
Inside / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins2:33
The Last Stand / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins2:13
Coming Home / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins2:04
Dear God / Dudley PerkinsDudley Perkins8:15

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