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Gutta - Bludgeoned CD [Gutta]
Gutta - Bludgeoned EP
Essex is back and so is Gutta with his first Long Player which follows last years Anonymous debut. The opening of the LP is moody and intimidating starting off with orchestral sweeps building until the beat drops and Gutta's gruff tones kick in. Really though I was having a few problems with the mix though, but this probably largely due to listening to this on my small computer speakers. Never the less mixes should work on all systems rather than just big studio speakers at full volume.

The first track that I was properly feeling was Take Heed And Bleed which has a nicer more complete sounding beat and arrangement which is synched with a lovely classical sample which hits all the right spots making for a thumping backing. On this Tekneek from Ill Psychosis pops up and for me the two MCs work well adding extra texture and diversity to the sound. Battlin Ain't Dead continues the improved sound with a realistic piano and 808 type beat. But I feel it is Gutta's delivery which lets down the track. Whilst his sentiments of keeping old school elements alive are commendable, his flow doesn't really vary and with the large pauses at the end of each line it sounds a bit dated now. It is back to basics on U'll Get Dropped as Gutta spits over a simple drum beat. Gutta has different levels of Gruff and can sound strained when he is really going for maximum levels of gruff, but he sounds better when he is more natural, like on Think where Gutta gets more complex with his delivery and hooks up a sweet guitar sample. But the tracks with the guests on are the best. This isn't just because of the different MCs, but the beats seem to be of a higher quality as well and definitely appeal more. Vs Us is like this and features Verses who also gets busy on the later Aggro.

Enuff Is Enuf features another guest - Knowledge from Mentis, but although the MCs go back and forth well as they express how they have just come to the end of their tethers, but the whole track is let down by a very static beat. The use of a power guitar sample does fit in with Gutta's general sound and outlook though. Bludgeoned finishes off with Rethink, another track in largely the same vein. I'm sorry to say that by now Gutta's vocals were beginning to annoy me a bit, but I am sure there are many other people to whom this style will appeal greatly.

The design of the CD case continues and slightly evolves from the earlier Autonomy EP sleeve and Gutta definitely has his own style in design as he does in lyrical delivery. The font is the same but there is a new picture of a menacing looking bald headed Gutta. It is a touch plain, but equally people frequently get it wring when they don't follow the old adage of keep it simple stupid. Look out for the new Verses EP set to drop on Gutta Records soon.

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