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Snoop Dogg’s “Bush” Album


As an idea, Snoop Dogg‘s 13th solo album, Bush, sounds great. It’s his return to character after the detour of 2013’s reggae hybrid, Reincarnated (recorded as Snoop Lion), and his first with a single (and ­singular) producer since his classic 1993 debut, Doggystyle, which Dr. Dre masterminded. (For contrast, his last Snoop Dogg album, 2011’s Doggumentary, featured a dozen ­producers.) That the boardsman on Bush is Pharrell Williams only raises the excitement level. Despite being in the game as long as Snoop himself, Williams remains a powerhouse, incontestably owning 2013 with a trio of ­indelible hits: Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,”Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” and his own “Happy.” It’s a match made in musical heaven — the artist in search of a proper canvas, the producer in need of a vehicle — that has yielded great results in the past, like the pair’s beautifully bare-bones 2004 smash, “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” But unfortunately, too much about Bush, a lukewarm album dedicated to the pleasures of marijuana and women, feels half-baked.

Via: Billboard.com

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