Sisyphus, like a marathon runner who accidentally shows up at a triathlon, is a well-sequenced album that suffers from pacing issues. Unsurprisingly they reveal a thoughtful, troubled artist. If their music videos are any indication , this record, while undeniably rich, is not intended as a protectionist artifact for those who feel that the state of contemporary music ought is a portioned three-course meal rather than an all you can eat buffet.
The former poster child for the full-length album as grand artistic statement, Sufjan Stevens has since abandoned his faith in the LP as a worthwhile concept. Serengeti is a prolific rapper whose massive discography hardly suggests that any one entry might be more precious than another.
And Son Lux has production credits that stretch from Anticon to Hollywood and back. Stakes are admittedly pretty low for these dudes, which makes everything here feel even more rewarding.
The best thing to be said about Sisyphus is that the synthesis between the three artists never feels labored. This is also maybe the most ironic thing about it. Often, when established artists throw their lots in together, the results feel overworked, as if the various contributors kept stopwatches on hand to make sure no other sonic palette was getting more recognizable album time than their own.
Playing the middle man and doing his best to glue these two disparate stars together is Son Lux , whose own highly orchestrated music probably has more in common with Stevens ', yet whose beats can best be identified with Serengeti 's.
It's a tough role to play and without his presence as a lead vocalist, his ample contributions often seem outgunned by the others' distinct but dissimilar styles. Yet seemingly, the point of this collaboration is for each artist to put their strengths forward, shaping a new and unified sound.
They come close on the excellent "Rhythm of Devotion," but much of the record sounds three-pronged and disjointed. There are certainly fun, playful moments, often thanks to Serengeti 's wry, conversational style like on "Lion's Share," which sounds like three friends having fun in a studio and in the end, that's probably what this album is all about. Taken as a musical statement, Sisyphus works fairly well at times, but it's the kind of collaboration no one asked for and much like their mythological Greek king namesake, getting all three artists' styles to gel is a bit like pushing a boulder eternally up a hill.
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