My schedule in reviewing albums: I don’t have a schedule. I try to review them in a timely manner, and it’s great when I am able to do one a week or two before its release, maybe even two to three months. Then there are albums that I’ll listen to off and on, and then I realize I’ve listened to it so much that I realize a few months later “wait… I know I’m supposed to do a review, right?” I know, “poor excuse John” but it’s true. Whatever the reason, this is a review for an album that came out a month or two ago by Rusty Redenbacher, The Tinkerer.
If you don’t follow him on Twitter, Redenbacher is someone who is not afraid to say what’s on his mind, and it’s not so much what he says, but how frequently he does it. You have to keep up with him, and it’s great because you are essentially following his unique path, which is not unlike his music. For this album, he calls himself a tinkerer of sorts, but what does that exactly mean in his case? It could mean a number of things, but for this new album, he simply puts together a number of familiar beats and breaks and rhymes with some jam-packed stories that make for great listening. It may come off like a mixtape or a radio show where you’re tuning in and you just so happen to be locked into a fine show. Then again, he may be playing around with the idea of having to tinker with a formula but… is that formula hip-hop, making music, or just being an individual in whatever you do? Whatever it is, Redenbacher does it in his own voices, along with a number of different tones and personas, and… does he harmonize and sing? Maybe. As he says in “Speak Monster Speak”, “every incision made with the wisdom, I am a man on a mission”, which means that he does this “for science”, which also means as he’s making discoveries of his own during the creation process, he’s also teaching. Enter Rusty’s garage and see what he’s about to build next, he may be merely tinkering but he’s in the middle of creation and enjoying himself in the process.
(The Tinkerer is available from CDBaby.)