Album Review
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Forrest Day - Forrest Day

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Forrest Day - Forrest Day
Record Label: Ninth Street Opus Records
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
Idiosyncratic. Original. Novel. Call it whatever you like, but let this be known: Bay Area musician Forrest Day is easily one of the most captivating individuals the cultural-rich locale has ever produced. Yes, ever. Throw him in the mix with RHCP, Sublime, Jane's Addiction and Green Day, this genre-bending wizard is something else altogether. Self described as indie-soul-experimental, Day is a musician with more swagger than most hip-hop artists and more melodic flair than most chart-toppers. There's a dash of reggae, jazz, rap and rock that is indubitably unique and nothing short of mesmerizing. On his eponymous 14-song album there's boat loads of bravado, bluster and brilliance. And hot damn is it something.

Whether its the hyper-kinetic "Meds," or the blistering "Everybody's F---- With My Mind," Day has a flair for the histrionic that borders on vaudevillian. Equal pats flamboyant, provocative and charismatic, there's something definitively captivating about every word. With a penchant for hip-hop, Day breezes through his verses with an uber-swift tongue and some of the year's wittiest rhymes.

Biting, sardonic, and brutally frank, he tackles personal calamity with some of the most refreshing songs released this year. On album opener "Sleepwalk," or the flagrant "River Rat," he blisters along at a pace that is dizzying, inviting and enveloping. On the swirly chamber pop piece "It's Just Me," he tackles conventional singing with aplomb. Truth be told, if there's any negative about Forrest Day, it's that he doesn't attempt to sing conventionally more regularly.

In the end, songs like the pensive "If You Do," the witty "Hoarders," and the cheeky "Assholes," tower above anything else in the singer-songwriter genre. Moreover, they announce the arrival of a rare and unshakeable new California talent. Laden with horns, organs, guitars and a dynamic rhythm section, Forrest Day oozes with a panache and polish not often seen from a relative unknown. If this is just the beginning, then Forrest Day's future is as bright as the California sun.

Recommended If You Like hip-hop, clever wordplay, social diatribes

Find Him Here http://www.forrestday.com.
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10:33 AM on 10/17/11
I got a lion in my pocket I'm lying
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jdr277's Avatar
This stuff is awesome!
03:53 AM on 10/18/11
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This stuff is awesome!
I know, and sadly you're the only person to think so.
09:25 AM on 10/18/11
I got a lion in my pocket I'm lying
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I know, and sadly you're the only person to think so.
This is the first time I've heard of this band. I'm not a huge fan of rap but these beats are really good, lyrics are witty, and his flow is sick. Reminds me of El-P or Flobots with a hint of sublime.
11:15 AM on 10/18/11
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Some seriously cool sounding music. Definitely will have to give it a full listen later today
06:43 AM on 10/19/11
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I like it. Almost gives me a patd feeling at time.
It's on sale for $6 on Amazon mp3.
07:25 AM on 10/21/11
Changin' strings, bangin' on things
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Thanks for this review. I checked out this band and was really impressed. very unique stuff and definitely worth a listen.
06:35 PM on 03/26/12
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Long time AP reader and I just had to register to agree with you all.

Totally hits the zeitgeist!

A M A Z I N G album, love it!
11:10 PM on 09/20/13
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I know, and sadly you're the only person to think so.
Dude Review Forrest Day - The Second please!! Guy deserves some much needed attention. He should be huge on here and sadly I didn't even know he released a sophomore album till this week I'm like 3 months late AP.net should have gotten on that. Right a review and show these kids who's killing it in the Rap/Rock/Ska/Ballad/Fat Ginger genre!!

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