"The Boredom of Me" CD
Genre: electro pop, indie pop,
Chicago / New Zealand
Jan 21, 2009
This collaboration between Chicago rapper Serengeti, New Zealand indie-folker
Renee Louise Carafice, and Chicago producer Tony Trimm is
an interesting array of hip-hop, pop, and electronic influences.
uniformly great, The Boredom of Me features
a number of solid songs crafted in a
unique vein. Particularly successful is the charming electro-pop of
"Whiskey and Peppermints" and unusual but strangely melodic "Amsterdamn."
Carafice is an engaging and infectious singer, and her voice
supplements the production well. Serengeti's rap-ish vocals are less
impressive; although far from noxious, they don't always mesh with the
music (for evidence, consult bland "Downbytheeelbank"). As it is,
The Boredom of Me is
a lush and listenable collection of tracks, but despite all its
unconventional song structuring it doesn't turn out as memorable as
one might expect. Even after multiple listens, only a few
highlights truly "hook" the listener. This is an interesting project that
has spawned a few really tantalizing tracks; sadly, too much of The
Boredom of Me is merely filler.
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by
released Nov 21, 2008]